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Dorothy Nixon I'm a freelance education writer, with a background in communication studies, who has written for small and major market venues. I've recently posted a website, www.tighsolas.ca about a Canadian family in 1908-1913 which has stirred some interest already.
Tighsolas is about a Canadian family in 1908-1913 and features their letters and a great deal of background, some of it unique to my possession. It’s only a beginning but it is getting good buzz; ’user friendly’; ’wonderful resource for teachers and students’; ’model family history...
Tighsolas is about a Canadian family in 1908-1913 and features their letters and a great deal of background, some of it unique to my possession. It’s only a beginning but it is getting good buzz; ’user friendly’; ’wonderful resource for teachers and students’; ’model family history project.’ Although I intended it for high school use, profs seem to be using it for 3rd and 4th year university work. (A New York State technology in education expert featured it in a workshop for middle school teachers and told me that "she really likes the website" and sees it as a model for classrooms.)
Fourth year students at McGill Education Faculty will learn all about the story of Marion and Flora Nicholson(former McGill Education Students) for their spring practicum. Flora’s portfolio is on display at McGill as they are celebrating two anniversaries.
I have been asked to submit a proposal (using the website and letters) for a book in a series about Canadian Social History. The editor, the expert in family history, told me "unearthing letters like these, that show what it REALLY was to be middle class back then is no easy task." My letters appear to back up a great deal of the scholarship in the area. Letters don’t lie.
And with every passing day I seem to find more evidence to support my central thesis, that the 1910 era was pivotal and a mirror of our own. One of the top selling DVD’s in Canada is Who Killed the Electric Car?. On my website I have a great deal of info on cars (and aeroplane and train and ocean liner) and I ask "How might the world be different had Edison managed to make his battery work?" What a HUGE question, considering the problems in the world today!
In a recent essay on MSNBC, a professor/philospher says NO THANKS to Time who made him (and all Internet users) Man of the Year. Time claimed that the Internet has empowered the little guy and democratized the world. The author says NOT SO FAST and cites a 1910 article to show that the more things change the more they stay the same. He does admit that the Internet has changed the way we seek a mate. As it happens, courtship is a central topic on my website, although not a topic normally found in history books. Yet changing whom we mate with is changing the social order:every parent knows that!
My site also received an excellent review on George Mason University’s Women in World History feature.