• Lytle Hernández, called "rebel historian," wins MacArthur Genius Grant

    Historian Kelly Lytle Hernández Wins MacArthur Fellowship : NPR    "History is a narrative of the past. It is based upon the sources that we regard as relevant or that we can find," she says.   ...
  • Student Research: Works Cited Drafts

    Teaching our students to properly cite sources is an essential component of college-level history courses. In a previous blog I mentioned that last summer I started requiring a rough-draft of the Works Cited page in t...
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  • Google Earth's "Black History Month: The Journey of Us"

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    Black History Month: The Journey of Us   In a pretty interesting pedagogical technique, Google Earth commemorates Black History Month with a fascinating tour of Black History historical spots on today's Google E...
  • Making Connections: History & Medicine

    While a good number of my students are General Studies and Liberal Arts majors, an even greater number are planning careers in the fields of health care, business, and engineering. Our community college is particularl...
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  • Keeping the Engagement

    As our country considers the fallout of this week’s midterm elections, I find myself engaged in an internal dialogue about what goes on in my classroom day-to-day.   Prior to November 6th my students appear...
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  • Watch Carefully: Short Videos to Supplement Lectures

    Some of the most thought-provoking primary sources I use in United States II are videos available to us all via the world wide web. I feel fortunate to teach in a time when so many great resources are available for us...
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  • Teaching the American Revolution

    In my August 1st blog I reflected on the challenge of relating pre-twentieth century US history topics to today’s college students. In part I blame my past difficulties in this area on the fact that I’m pe...
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  • 1 year later: the anniversary of Charlottesville

    Exactly one year after the mind-boggling events of Charlottesville, VA, Spike Lee released his new film "The BlacKkKlansman." This past rainy Saturday I went to see it and it was clear why Lee thought this was the rig...
  • Lynn Hunt on "The Invention of Human Rights" on Innovation Hub

    Come listen to a fascinating podcast interview originally posted on Innovation Hub (WGBH and PRI) revolving around the evolution of human rights.  Innovation Hub | Great Minds, Great Conversations | The Inventio...
  • Author, Nancy MacLean talking the GOP Long Game on Bill Maher

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  • Turn Up the Music

    As of June 5 the music video for “This is America” by Childish Gambino (aka, Donald Glover) has been viewed more than 239 million times on YouTube. The New York Times, NPR, Variety, Vanity Fair, The Atlant...
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  • Struggling with (Academic) Sources

    I require students to complete library-based research in all of my history courses. In the past I’ve blogged about a successful project that I assign in US History I and II, which involves historical images and ...
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  • Let's Talk: Increasing Discussion in Hybrid Courses

    As we enter Final Exams Week I’m already starting to think about what did/did not work this past semester. My efforts to increase content coverage in the US History since 1877 (US II) survey, for example, had mi...
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  • Teaching the First Ladies

    Teaching at a community college has provided me with the opportunity to introduce hundreds of students to the history of American women. One subgroup of women I’ve paid almost no attention to in my teaching, how...
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  • Covering the Cold War (Quickly)

    As we sprint towards the end of the semester I find myself trying to cover as much post-World War II history as possible. I’ve written previously about the challenges of coverage and this semester is no differen...
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  • OAH 2018 in Sacramento, CA: will you attend?

    Bedford/St. Martin's will be in attendance at this year's OAH 2018 in Sacramento running fun events, paid focus groups, author hours at the booth, and much more. We want to know if you will be there, too!   Comm...
  • Worth Watching? Documentary Films in the US History Survey

    Recently I attended a conference session where a moderator asked audience members to share suggestions for documentary films that have worked particularly well in humanities classes. The lively conversation that follo...
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  • Overlooked: The NYT rights the wrong of forgotten women's histories

    Ida B. Wells. Sylvia Plath. Diane Arbus. Henrietta Lacks. Madhubula.   What do these women have in common? They were all remarkable women that were overlooked in the NYT obituaries. In honor of Women's History Mo...
  • Using Student-Selected Images to Enliven Class Discussion

    Engaging students in meaningful participation during the first class meetings can be very challenging. At this early stage in the semester as I’m trying to remember students’ names, I am simultaneously wor...
  • The 25th Amendment

    “It’s easier to impeach than invoke the 25th Amendment,” Rosen added, “which is why no president has ever been removed under the disability provision of the 25th Amendment.”   Are yo...