H2H - You Haven't Covered What I Need! Where Else Can I Look?


If you didn’t find what you needed here, there are several directions you should consider before you panic. It’s probably OK to panic a little, because the real solution was to have kept up with the reading and other classroom stuff you were probably assigned to begin with – but since that clearly didn’t happen, consider a few of these options:

Hip Hughes History – This is a YouTube channel primarily featuring Keith Hughes and addressing a wide variety of U.S. History and American Government topics, with a healthy smattering of World History and Current Events. Each video is clearly focused on a specific topic, packed with essential information, and generally energetic and easy-to-watch.

You’ll notice he often targets AP students and references AP exams, but you don’t need to be in AP for these to be crazy useful. I promise.

“Crash Course” U.S. History / "Crash Course" World History – Another YouTube channel, this one driven by John Green (yes, THAT John Green) and his brother, Hank, but featuring a variety of smart people who know how to get to the point and make the important stuff clear and easy to understand. “Crash Course” has also branched out into various sciences and other fields, so if you’re slacking in classes besides History it may prove useful on multiple fronts. Of course, like Hip Hughes History, it’s also good for just, you know… learning stuff.

History.com – This is the website of the History Channel. Yes, I know it seems like all they do is bad reality TV and stuff about having sex with aliens, but they still produce quality programming from time to time. More importantly for your purposes, their website has just about everything you might need to know, easily searchable, all in either video clips or easily digestible chunks. I don't care for the layout – the giant photos and constant scrolling required – but apparently that kind of thing is all the rage with the kids, so...

The History Chicks – The History Chicks are primarily known for being the single best history-themed podcast available to mere mortals, and if you're the podcast type (or about to go on a long drive during which you don't want to talk to your parents or listen to your Dad's musical choices), you should absolutely download a few and check them out. Their website, however, in addition to linking to their podcasts, has nice little summaries and resources for the various topics they cover.

I should probably mention that they primarily do women and women's history – which is amazing, given that we're still trying to compensate for centuries of testosterone-driven learning – but you're more likely to find Sojourner Truth or Hypatia of Alexandria here than yet another biography of George Washington.

There are numerous other good websites, YouTube channels, podcasts, blogs, and other sorts of resources focused on history, but most are either relatively specialized or lean towards "bet you didn't know...!" type history. That's great, and fun, and educational, but not the sort of thing you're usually looking for if you're late on your Funko-Pop assignment over Dolly Madison or whatever. If there's a site or resource you think I've overlooked, let me know and I'll take a gander. If I end up incorporating it, I'll pretend I knew about it all along and that it was totally MY idea to add it.

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