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Suzanne McCormack
Writing this blog is akin to keeping a journal of my professional life. The topic development, drafting, and editing process that takes place every two weeks allows me to evaluate what I’ve done in my classroom or my research, and helps me to formulate future plans. As a result I’ve become increasingly introspective about the implementation of… (Show more)
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Jennifer Bilello
Congratulations to Bedford Series Advisory Editor David Blight, who won a 2019 Pulitzer in the history category for his remarkable biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.”  We're so proud of your authorship of this important work!    Read more here: Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Simon & Schuster) A… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
During my sabbatical this spring I’ve taught only one class: Black History delivered fully online. It’s at this point in the semester, with five weeks of classes remaining, that I assign students a final research project: a 6-8 page study of a person, event or organization from the post-World War II civil rights movement. I let students choose… (Show more)
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Chelsea Simens
Click to view contentThis year’s theme is Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence (National Women’s History Alliance). They define this as, “women who have led efforts to end war, violence, and injustice and pioneered the use of nonviolence to change society.” We honor any woman who has, “embraced the fact that the means determine the ends and so developed… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
The women I’m reading about in the archives of New England’s state hospitals will likely never be the subjects of celebratory Women’s History Month events. The tiny remnants of their lives that exist in the historical record are the opposite of inspirational; depicting instead emotional pain and instability that led to their institutionalization.… (Show more)
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Chelsea Simens
Click to view contentYou don’t have to leave home (although we recommend you do) to celebrate Women’s History Month! Below are some great suggestions to honor Women’s History Month on your own time.   Movies: 100 Great Movies by Women Directors That You Can Stream Now (FilmSchoolRejects) 30 Essential Feminist Movies You Need to See (Harpar's Bazaar) 17 movies about… (Show more)
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Chelsea Simens
Click to view contentEvery March we take the time to look back and honor the achievements of women throughout history. Although widely celebrated now, this was not always the case. Below we give a snapshot of what Women’s History Month is and how you can celebrate. We’ll be posting weekly on Women’s History Month so check in!   What is it? An annual event to reflect… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
A scholar new to the academic job market recently asked me to reflect on this question: what do I consider to be the greatest challenge of teaching history at a community college? So here goes ... community college students are often unprepared for the level of reading required to succeed in a college history course.   The caveat to this… (Show more)
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