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teaching history



  • Trump’s Vision for American History Education Is a Nightmare

    by L.D. Burnett

    "As a historian who writes about the field of history’s place in the culture wars of the 1980s, I watched this conference and saw one long exercise in logrolling for the participants’ politically intertwined institutional commitments."



  • A Historian Takes on Trump's View of American History

    by Edward L. Ayers

    "I have practiced history for most of the half-century in which these wars over history have been waged — and I have yet to meet anyone who works to destroy the United States."



  • What Trump is Missing About American History

    by Leslie M. Harris and Karin Wulf

    "Journalists and politicians are examples of two groups that are differently but equally susceptible to a desire for clarity and simplicity about the historical past. But the past is rarely clear and was never simple."



  • How Textbooks Taught White Supremacy

    "I came across one textbook that declared on its first page, “This is the White Man’s History.” At that point, you had to be a dunce not to see what these books were teaching."



  • Overt Racism in the Street and Quieter Racism in the Curriculum

    by Alan J. Singer

    I don’t want to drop James Hammond’s speech to the United States Senate proclaiming “Cotton is King” from United States history textbooks and websites. But when the speech is cited, it should include an explanation who this man was, what he believed, and what he did.



  • Getting Creative With Course Assessments

    When navigating online education, faculty should stray away from traditional exams and opt for innovative assignments that will engage students rather than stress them out.


  • Suffragists' Work Didn't End in 1920

    by Mary Henold

    Women of color and their allies truly won the right to vote for all American women not in 1920, but in 1965, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.