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teaching history



  • AHA and OAH Join Coalition to Protect Integrity of History Education

    by James Grossman and Beth English

    "Ongoing partisan agitation around this issue will continue, provoked and sustained by a shrewdly organized and amply funded crusade that seeks to replace evidence-based history instruction with a whitewashed version of patriotism."



  • Teaching the 26th Amendment With The New York Times

    by Jennifer Frost

    A historian of the 26th Amendment offers a lesson plan for using newspapers as primary sources to teach how young Americans succeeded in lowering the voting age to 18. 



  • There's More War in the Classroom Than You Think

    by William Hitchcock and Meghan Herwig

    Whatever the causes of the decline in history enrollments, it's not because history departments have rejected the study of war and military history. 



  • Need to Do Better at Teaching 9/11 as History

    "The main split in the way Sept. 11 is taught, says Jeremy Stoddard, is whether to teach it as a memorial, or as an event that continues to have an effect on students’ lives."


  • Teaching "All Men are Created Equal" (Part II)

    by Jeff Schneider

    In the second part of this essay, a longtime teacher of American history maintains that a close reading of the Declaration of Independence makes it possible to discuss revolution and racism in a thoughtful way without intimidating either white students or students of color.


  • Teaching "All Men are Created Equal" (Part I)

    by Jeff Schneider

    A longtime teacher of American history maintains that a close reading of the Declaration of Independence makes it possible to discuss revolution and racism in a thoughtful way without intimidating either white students or students of color.



  • The Pledge Our Students Deserve

    by Kevin M. Levin

    A widely circulated pledge for history teachers is right to resist efforts by state lawmakers to dictate curriculum and suppress ideas, but wrong to commit teachers to "truth" as a set of conclusions instead of an honest, open practice of inquiry.


  • The Generosity of James Loewen

    by Guy Lancaster

    James Loewen didn't put ideals of prestige over his "deadly earnest desire to find and expose manifestations of American racism that had, for so long, gone unnoticed and unexplored by most scholars." His generosity went hand in hand with his widespread impact.



  • NC Teacher: Don't Give In to GOP Politics of Fear

    by Anne P. Beatty

    "To retreat from open, honest discussions about race and history is the last thing we should do. To retreat is to give into the fear mongering of this bill. Its goal is our silence."



  • None of My Students Remember 9/11

    by Amy Zegart

    "My students see 9/11 as long-gone history, a kind of black-and-white reel of events that happened long ago, alongside the Cold War and the Peloponnesian War. The distance of time has benefits, but one drawback is that the human element of policy making gets lost."



  • Arguments on the Left: US History

    The editors of Dissent present a collection of three essays by Barbara Ransby, Nikhil Pal Sing and Michael Kazin about how to frame the significance of racism in the nation's history and the prospects of fighting it. 



  • Why Do Native People Disappear From Textbooks After the 1890s?

    by Joshua Ward Jeffery

    Failure to teach the ongoing history of Native people in the US validates the credo of the Carlisle Industrial School and other Indian residential schools to "kill the Indian, and save the man," perpetuating a view that consigns Natives to the past and erases them from the present. 



  • St. Louis Teachers: "Soul of History" at Stake in New History Wars

    “What’s happening in the classroom is not critical race theory, but giving space and giving voice to other perspectives,” said Joseph Kibler, a history teacher at Hazelwood West High School. “It’s just things that happened that weren’t taught before are being taught now.”


  • HNN Honors James W. Loewen, 1942-2021

    by HNN Staff

    HNN honors the life and work of James W. Loewen, author of "Lies My Teacher Told Me" and numerous other books, and an HNN contributor. He passed at the age of 79 on August 19. 



  • CRT Debate "Abstract and Uninformed," Says AHA President

    by Jacqueline Jones

    "CRT does not explain all of American history; rather, it provides insights into why achieving the ideals enshrined in the Founders’ declaration that “all men are created equal” has been so elusive over the centuries."



  • "Be Paranoid": Will Administrators Back Faculty Teaching Controversial Topics?

    "Many faculty members across the country are concerned that in this politically polarized environment, some students or outside groups could come looking for trouble. The threat of students recording classroom conversations and posting snippets online out of context is not new, after all."