Jacob Hillesheim

Jacob Hillesheim is a Minnesota educator who has taught courses in American history, world history, military history, government and criminal justice and law. He holds master’s degrees in teaching and learning and in history. He has never—never—said “no” to ice cream.

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Has the United States Ever Had a Dictator?

History’s dictators: They ruled with absolute authority. They seized or maintained control through force and violence, crushing all […]

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Why Political Propaganda Works and How to Spot It

They’re here… With Election Day fast approaching, candidates across the country are spending piles of cash on radio […]

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Don’t You Need A Warrant For That?

You’ve been pulled over for speeding. Or for making a right turn after missing that “No Right Turn […]

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What to Know About Selective Service and the Draft Today

The United States has had combat troops in Afghanistan since 2001, meaning that, next year, the high school […]

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When Does Online Harassment Turn into a True Threat?

It’s just another morning. You wake up, get the coffee going, and check social media. You dropped a […]

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How the Chinese Exclusion Act Still Impacts the U.S. Today

It’s history that’s relevant today: In 1882, Congress banned certain immigrants from entering the U.S. due to their […]

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The Youth Movements That Came Before March for Our Lives

We don’t know exactly how many students walked out of their schools on March 14. Vox eventually reported […]

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4 Women Who Changed U.S. Politics During Victoria’s Reign

During her 63-year reign over Great Britain, Queen Victoria oversaw tremendous domestic change and imperial expansion. An incredibly […]

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Should Hate Speech Be Protected?

Earlier in the year, the entire internet seemed to be asking “Can I punch a Nazi?” Vice asked […]

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Why Local Elections Impact National Politics

Nov. 7 is Election Day, but because it’s not a presidential election year, there’s a good chance you […]