Fall 2017 class homepages

History 2/ United States History 1876-present Homepage

Intro to Conflict Resolution


History Links

Service Learning

Civic Engagement


US Snapshot

Local Snapshots

Timeline of events in US history

Voting resources

Stress less right here right now

Contact:-e-mail me at lhalper@garlic.com My office is in Social Science 108;
Office Hours
fall 2015

Mon 2:15-3
Tues 10:15-11
Weds. 11:15-noon
Thurs 12:45-1:30

Helpful information

Some notes on college culture

Study skills

History skills

Instructor information-

What do you do, dear?

Reading history for fun

Other classes I teach:

History 1/US History to 1876 Homepage

History 4, World History

History 6, US Women Since 1900

History 3 Homepage

History 5/US Women's History Homepage

History 6 Homepage

History 14 Homepage

Social Science 270A

Journ 10/Soc 10 Homepage


Brenda Ramirez

Caleb Mabie

Oral History page



Leah Halper's Homepages

for Gavilan College students

The past isn't dead. It's not even past.

--William Faulkner


A poem that describes my approach to history, by an anti-fascist playwright-poet who had to flee for his life from Nazi Germany:

Questions from a worker who reads

by Bertolt Brecht


Who built Thebes of the seven gates?

In the books you will find the names of kings.

Did the kings haul up the lumps of rock?

And Babylon, many times demolished

Who raised it up so many times? In what houses

Of gold-glittering Lima did the builders live?

Where, in the evening that the Wall of China was finished

Did the masons go? Great Rome

Is full of triumphal arches. Who erected them? Over whom

Did the Ceasars triumph? Had Byzantium, much praised in song,

Only palaces for its inhabitants? Even in fabled Atlantis

The night the ocean engulfed it

The drowning still bawled for their slaves.

The young Alexander conquered India.

Was he alone?
Caesar beat the Gauls.

Did he not have even a cook with him?

Philip of Spain wept when his armada

Went down. Was he the only one to weep?

Frederick the Second won the Seven Year's War. Who

Else won it?


Every page a victory.

Who cooked the feast for the victors?

Every ten years a great man.

Who paid the bill?

So many reports.

So many questions.

Extra credit options--UPDATED PERIODICALLY--MARK YOUR CALENDARS! ALSO NOTE THAT THE OPTIONS AT THE BOTTOM ARE NOT TIMELY AND CAN BE DONE ANYTIME BEFORE December 10 (fall) and May 10 (spring.) Please note that I'm open to your history-related extra credit suggestions as well.

OR anyone in any history class can:

Sing an appropriate historical song for the class, after explaining its context and meaning. I have a binder full of suggestions. Or check out Gavilan's collection of African-American history films and on gay rights history.

OR anyone in any history class can:

Volunteer doing a variety of work at Indian Canyon 279 acres of canyon land for indigenous cultural revival in San Benito County. You will need to call Anne Marie Sayers, who owns the canyon, to set up times and tasks; her number is (831) 637-4238. First look around the website a bit: http://www.indiancanyon.org/ Directions: Take 101 south to San Juan/Highway 156 exit. Stay on that road 7.2 miles, then turn right on Union Road and continue 3.6 miles. At Cienega Road, turn right and continue about nine miles. You will pass the Hollister Hills Recreation Area, DeRose Winery, and Cienega School. A quarter mile past Cienega School, turn right on Grass Valley Road. Proceed 100 meters to the hilltop, and turn left on thedirt road. Pass a shed on the right, and go over a narrow concrete bridge. Veer right through the vineyard--towards the hillside--and proceed 2 miles from the cabin. You will veer left from now on at every fork until you arrive at Indian Canyon's circular driveway. You're there!

For History 1 students:
See one or more of the four PBS Africans in America videos owned by the History Department. Write a few paragraphs telling me what you learned.

Anytime, and for various history classes--check with me:Visit one of the museums or historical sites on this list and complete a Museum Report Form. Return the form to me via email, and give me your museum ticket stub or other proof of your visit.

CHSA Chinese American National Museum and Learning Center-- San Francisco County , California Heritage Collection-- Alameda County ,California History Center and Foundation-- Santa Clara County , Campbell Historical Museum.--Santa Clara County , Hayward Area Historical Society--Alameda County , African American Museum and Library at Oakland.; Alameda County, Berkeley Historical Society and Museum.; Alameda County , California Genealogical Society--Santa Clara County, California Historical Society--San Francisco County, Japanese American Resource Center, Los Altos History Museum, Morgan Hill Historical Society And Museum, Museum Of The City Of San Francisco,New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, Oakland Museum Of California, Old Mission San Jose Museum, Pardee Home Museum,Peralta Adobe And Fallon House, Presidio Museum,Ainsley House, Alameda Meyers House Museum & Garden, Alameda Museum, Berkeley Historical Society And Museum,Cable Car Museum,California Trolley And Railroad Corporation, Campbell Historical Museum,Cupertino Historical Museum, Gilroy Museum, Harris-Lass Historic Museum,Headen - Inman House, History Museum Of Los Gatos. There are also many historical sites and museums in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito County. Check with me before you go!




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