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Short Video Illustrating the Timeline of the Historical American Girl Dolls & A Discussion of How American Girl Dolls Are Important Teaching Resources

©Jacki Kellum January 19. 2017

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American Girl Dolls Are An Excellent Way to Learn American History

You may believe that the American Doll experience is limited to nothing more than the buying of expensive dolls, but that is not the case. From the very beginning, Pleasant T. Rowland launched the company as a way to teach the history of America to girls, and from the beginning, the dolls spanned several generations.

1764 – Kaya – Historically speaking, Kaya is the first American Girl Doll, and she represents the Nez Perce people who migrated down into America during the Ice Age. Although people often say that Native Americans were always here, the reality is that all of the people in the USA are immigrants. But Kaya’s people and other Native Americans got here first.

1774 – Felicity is the Revolutionary War Doll.

1812  – Caroline represents the era of America’s War of 1812.

1824 – Josefina represents the Mexican immigrants before New Mexico was a state.

1854 – Kirsten represents the Swedish immigrants and the Pioneers during the Westward movement. She lived in Minnesota.

1864 – Addy was a run-away slave during the Civil War.

1904 – Samantha represents the period when women began to be recognized as equal to men. She represents the turn-of-the-century Suffragist era.

1914 – Rebecca Rubin represents the Russian Jews who immigrated to New York City.

1934 – Kit was a tom-boy during the Great Depression. She was interested in writing.

The List goes on. We have Molly from the World War II era and  Maryellen from the 1950’s

Melody is from the 1960’s, and she represents the popularity of Motown Music and the Civil Rights Movement.

Julie represents the Hippie movement of the late Sixties and the early Seventies.

It would be easy to dismiss the American Girl Doll Company and accuse it of being too commercial and too expensive, but when we look more carefully at the teaching that the company fosters, we need to think again.

In my opinion, The American Girl Doll Company is one of the greatest teaching resources available, and I am thrilled to be in a position to share what I have learned about America through American Girl Dolls.

©Jacki Kellum January 19, 2017

 

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