American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Picturing United States History Forum

Published March 30, 2011

The American Social History Project’s latest Web resource, Picturing United States History: An Online Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence, which debuted last October, will host an online forum in March 2009 on teaching the Great Depression with visual evidence. The forum will be guest-moderated by Professor Barbara Melosh of George Mason University, author of Engendering Culture: Manhood and Womanhood in New Deal Public Art and Theater.

To sign-up for the Great Depression forum, go to: Forums.

Representing a unique collaboration between historians and art historians, Picturing U.S. History is based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. Visitors to the website will find Web-based guides, essays, case studies, classroom activities, and online forums to assist high school teachers and college instructors to incorporate visual evidence into their classroom practice. The website supplements other U.S. history resources with visual materials, analysis, and activities that allow students to engage with the process of interpretation in a more robust fashion than through text alone.

Picturing U.S. History is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of its We, The People initiative.

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