Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Snip.it’s History Contest: We Have a Winner!

We are excited to announce the winner of our summer History Contest! First place prize goes to Rob Powers for his collection “Abolition and the Underground Railroad in New Bedford." The collection brings to life the "unlikely story of a fishing port’s important role in American history."  Congrats to Rob, who will soon be the owner of a brand new iPad loaded with goodies from Inkling as a first place prize!

We chatted with Rob, a high school teacher in Southeastern Massachusetts, about his winning collection: 

What do you teach?

US History, Modern European History and American Government & Civics. 

Where does your love of history come from?

I’ve always had a love for history, growing up in Plymouth, MA and taking more trips to Plimouth Plantation than I’d like to admit!

What inspired your “Abolition and the Underground Railroad in New Bedford" collection?

I chose the topic of Abolition and the Underground Railroad in New Bedford because I participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar about the subject last year. Having lived in New Bedford for two years, I always knew about the rich history of the whaling industry, but I had no idea that New Bedford was such an important safe haven for fugitive slaves.

I’m very much humbled by the notion that the streets I walk down on a daily basis are the same streets where many fugitive slaves gained their first true taste of freedom. That means a lot to me as an historian and American, and I am so happy that I can use my Snip.it collection to share this amazing story with my family, friends and students!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Rob’s collection, take a look! It’s pretty fascinating.

And stay tuned for our next Snip.it contest later this summer!


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