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Suzanne McCormack
Trying to break the ice on the first day of classes I ask enthusiastically, “Read any good books over the summer?” Silence. After some prodding they admit the truth: the majority of students in my introductory-level US history class did not read a single book during summer break. I’m not sure why but I initially found this revelation startling.… (Show more)
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Sonya Tiratsuyan
Merry Wiesner-Hanks discusses her co-authored text, A History of World Societies.
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Suzanne McCormack
Recently while an audience member at a professional conference I found myself morphing into one of my students. I was supposed to be paying attention but in a moment of boredom or disinterest I had noticed a colleague on the other side of the auditorium with her phone on the desk in front of her. I couldn’t resist the urge to send her a text.  … (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
I recently brought home Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal from my public library (click here for a New York Times’ review). The book, written by two Boston Globe reporters, examines a period that intersects closely with my time on earth so far. I grew up south of Boston, Massachusetts, so James “Whitey” Bulger’s criminal… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
            Every summer around this time I revise my syllabus for US History I: 1600-1877. I teach three sections of the course during the fall semester and it is, hands down, the syllabus I wrestle with most. I blame the struggle on the fact that two of my least favorite historical topics to teach are at the core of the course content: the… (Show more)
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Sonya Tiratsuyan
Rebecca Edwards discusses America's History.
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Sonya Tiratsuyan
Originally posted on August 17th, 2017 on Flipboard.com. With the debate on how to approach Confederate history growing, W. Fitzhugh Brundage discusses what he believes to be the best course of action.   You might also like A Monumental Debate by Sue McCormack.  
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Suzanne McCormack
As much as I would like to think that my students are reading a reputable news source each day and paying attention to world events while on summer break, it is more realistic to assume that many have paid only cursory attention to the political comings and goings in Washington. I expect, nonetheless, that students will return to campus the first… (Show more)
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Robert Self
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