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Where in the past would you go if you could time travel?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 4, 2008 at 10:09 AM via web

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Where in the past would you go if you could time travel?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 4, 2008 at 4:22 PM (Answer #2)

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I would love to go back and tell my father to have his heart checked before he died of a massive heart attack, but history can't be changed. I live on property that was once a part of Andrew Jackson's plantation, the Hermitage. I would love to see what it looked like in his day.

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted May 4, 2008 at 5:42 PM (Answer #3)

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I would've loved to be at one of the Revolutionary War battles or when Abraham Lincoln was writing the Gettysburg Address. I have fascination with early American history and would've loved to have lived during that time. 

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malibrarian | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted May 5, 2008 at 9:56 PM (Answer #4)

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Being the Shakespeare fan that I am, I would opt to spend some time in Elizabethan England, hoping for a glimpse of the guy and catching some of his plays at the various theaters in London!  And I would, of course, come prepared with antibiotics! :)

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 6, 2008 at 6:59 AM (Answer #5)

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Gosh!  That is a hard one...there are so many places I would love to see, but I fear I would have been beheaded or burned as a witch!  :)

I would love to frolick with the dinosaurs and see them in action--not too close, mind you.  I would not relish being an hors d'oeuvre.

I would be thrilled to be a part of the Tudor Court and watch all of Henry's and Elizabeth's goings-on.  Perhaps I could have warned Anne Bolyn not to be quite so flirtatious with the men of court?

I would have enjoyed warning Abe Lincoln to have a headache the night of the play.

It would have been wonderful to be at the concentration camps in Europe and smuggle food into the starving and save more children from their fates.  I hate to think what humanity lost because of their deaths...the art, music, advancements in medicine, inventions, etc.

I would have loved to witness the paiting of the Sistine Chapel.

There are too many wishes to count...but it would be extremely difficult to observe and not change the outcomes.

Fun question!

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 6, 2008 at 7:24 AM (Answer #6)

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I'd like to visit Ancient Greece and see all the temples in the full splendor. 

I'd like to see the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World before they were lost.

I'd like to pop into some ballot-counting places in Florida to find out what the heck was going on!  (I would not hesitate to inflict some changes there...)

I'd like to go back and tell people that have since died that I love them.

I'd like to revisit the birth of each of my children (as a spectator this time!).

I'd like to take some Prozac to Edgar Allan Poe (the guy had a tough life!), but of course, that might change the course of American Gothic Literature.

I'd like to visit myself in my mid-twenties and say, "Skip the Accounting major, honey.  Change it to English NOW instead of in seven years!"

Oh, to have a time machine of my very own!

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 15, 2008 at 12:53 PM (Answer #7)

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I'd like to visit Ancient Greece and see all the temples in the full splendor. 

I'd like to see the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World before they were lost.

I'd like to pop into some ballot-counting places in Florida to find out what the heck was going on!  (I would not hesitate to inflict some changes there...)

I'd like to go back and tell people that have since died that I love them.

I'd like to revisit the birth of each of my children (as a spectator this time!).

I'd like to take some Prozac to Edgar Allan Poe (the guy had a tough life!), but of course, that might change the course of American Gothic Literature.

I'd like to visit myself in my mid-twenties and say, "Skip the Accounting major, honey.  Change it to English NOW instead of in seven years!"

Oh, to have a time machine of my very own!

I love your answer! 

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 24, 2008 at 5:15 PM (Answer #8)

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I would love to go back and see Mark Twain on one of his lecture tours.

I love the Victorian era, so I'd definitely set my time machine for the late 1800's, and pick up a bustle dress or two to bring home! (And a first edition of Huck Finn, while I'm there!)

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 7, 2011 at 4:34 AM (Answer #9)

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I am guessing we are not limited spatially, as in the story, right? I would definitely want to check out Victorian London and see how it compares with Dickens. In addition, I would love to visit Ancient Rome and see how my Latin stands up. I, like some other editors, would also really enjoy seeing a performance of Shakespeare in the original Globe, groundlings and all. Lastly, I really would be fascinated to see Britain during the inter-war period.

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nyustudent97 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM (Answer #11)

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I would go back to September 11, 2001 and pull the fire alarm in the twin towers and the world trade center. I thought of calling 911 or maybe the airports and warning them of terrorists, but I'm not sure anyone would listen to me. So I would take matters into my own hands. I lost a brother in one of the twin towers and too many people died that day for the benefits to outweigh the hundreds of people whose lives were taken from them.

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beedle | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2012 at 3:38 PM (Answer #12)

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I would go back in time 2 minutes, so I could join myself in this historic trip back in time ;)

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