Welcome to Unit 34 of HOD Revival to Revolution. This week we learned about the Oklahoma Land Rush, the Spanish-American War and welllll....this is basically the week we ate a bunch of junk food. We read all about the first World's Fair in Chicago where they introduced many familiar items that are still on grocery stores shelves today, so we had to sample a few of them right?
Our history project was a hit this week. One of the things introduced at the World's Fair was Cracker Jacks. There was a recipe in the guide but we used this Salted Caramel sans corn syrup recipe HERE. Delish! We were also supposed to make sweet tea, but didn't. We get plenty of sweet tea at my Alabama mother in law's house.
Chicago World's Fair - 1893
Some of the first were shredded wheat, Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, and Juicy Fruit Gum. Ice cream cones, hamburgers and hot dogs also became a popular item after the fair. I don't normally buy this kind of junk, but sometimes you just have to have a little fun.
I actually did make Aunt Jemima waffles. After this first batch I threw it out though. The ingredients were just too gnarly.
Instead I redeemed myself with some ancient grain waffles later in the week.
We did enjoy some chocolate mint ice cream cones!
Another first at the fair was the Ferris Wheel. This quote is from Hamlin Garland that he sent to his parents. He insisted they just had to see the fair!
The World's Fair was called the White City.
Alaskan Klondike Gold Rush Begins - 1896
Spanish-American War - 1898
Aedan wrote about the Johnstown Flood and other events that happened during the presidency of Benjamin Harrison.
Our poem this week was a great opportunity to talk with Aedan about Patriotism and opportunity that was bought with a price. In reading about George Washington Carver this week I realize even more so what a privilege I have and that my kids have to homeschool. See you next time!