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Pop Culture Influence Throughout History

Sep 17, 2018 2018-09-17

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Stories Exploring Contemporary Culture and Popular History

The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry. Stories on rock ‘n’ roll and sports figures are part of the mix, but so are stories about big business mergers, Madison Avenue advertising, and presidential campaigns. Biography and environmental history are found on the site as well. Some stories on business and public policy are serious and detailed, while others on music, film, and sports offer lighter fare. One story—“Steinbeck to Springstein”—explores the impact of The Grapes of Wrath on music and pop culture.

Plus: Reading Through History is a video series created by two Oklahoma teachers that can serve as lesson starters for the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Okie migration. One of the videos is a history brief of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

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