A History Challenge!
Even more than today, there was a lot happening in the world exactly 100 years ago. 1918 was a formidable year for events that resonated across the globe. World War I had countries engaged in unprecedented conflict that would reshape geopolitics for the century to come. An Influenza outbreak decimated communities all over the United States, with a death toll reaching 675,000 people (in the U.S. alone). Race riots were commonplace and tensions were building as past and present fought for equal footing.
However, 1918 wasn’t all doom and gloom. A new wave of technology was growing behind the scenes. Peace was on the horizon. Gandhi began advocating for the voiceless farmers of Kheda (India) against European oppression. The legendary magician Houdini made an elephant disappear in front of a live audience, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series.
Let’s Explore 1918
As some of you know, we’re collaborating with @phillyhistory this Spring for a graduate History course at Temple University. Temple is based in Philadelphia, a city rich with American history, culture and the birthplace of independence. As part of this course, 15 students will be joining Steemit to blog about weekly assignments and historical research as the semester develops. The class will be looking at “1918” as a central theme, celebrating lost narratives and connecting dots between historical artifacts that they uncover.
The Steem & SBD that @phillyhistory earns through the course will be used to fund real educational and public programming and preservation initiatives at the Philadelphia History Museum this summer. In this way, Steem will empower new life for lost narratives!
Share a Story & Receive Upvote Rewards!
We wanted to open up the discovery process and conversation to the whole Steemit community. 1918 was a “world” year after all, and we have so many diverse stories and histories to learn from here!
Follow these steps to take part in the challenge:
- Discover a story from the year 1918 that relates to you.
- Post about this story using the #explore1918 tag!
- Comment below with a short description and a link to your post.
- First, Second, Third Place = 50% @sndbox upvote
- Fourth, Fifth = 25% @sndbox upvote
- All participants will receive a partial @sndbox upvote
@sndbox will upvote all #explore1918 participants (with a partial upvote) who follow the guidelines and rigorously source all of their research. Winners will be decided on in collaboration with @phillyhistory. Be very thorough with any and all sources please, this is a graduate History course after all :)