This Week in Geographic History, February 13 – 19

Nat Geo Education Blog

Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead.

Monday, February 13

NGS Picture Id:659598 Two young Australian girls play together in King Junction, Queensland, Australia in 1968. Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic.

TDIGH: Australia Apologizes to the ‘Stolen Generations’

In 2008 the prime minister of Australia formally apologized for the practice of forcibly removing Aboriginal children from their families.

Map: Australia

Background: Australia’s human geography

Activity: Listen to prime minister Kevin Rudd’s apology. Compare the treatment of Australia’s indigenous peoples to the treatment of Native Americans in the U.S. Why hasn’t a U.S. president given a formal apology speech to Native Americans?

TDIGH: Bombing of Dresden

Toward the end of World War II, Allied forces carried out a firebombing…

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