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Published March 30, 2011

In October 2008, ASHP/CML will publicly launch our latest website, Picturing United States History: An Online Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence. Based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past, Picturing U.S. History (PUSH) will provide Web-based guides, essays, case studies, classroom activities, and online forums that help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classroom practice. The website will supplement standard accounts of U.S. history with visual analysis and activities that allow students to engage with the process of interpretation in a more robust fashion than through text alone.

The website’ debut will feature...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Recovering Community History panelists Marci Reaven, Craig Wilder, Lillian Jimenez, and Madeleine LopezOn March 5, 2008, the American Social History Project hosted a public seminar entitled, “Recovering Community History: Puerto Ricans and African Americans in Postwar New York City”. The Gotham Center for New York History co-sponsored the event. “Recovering Community History” highlighted the personal narratives of lesser-known Puerto Ricans and African Americans living in New York City who participated in different forms of social activism. Filmmaker Lillian Jimenez opened the evening with a clip from her documentary, Antonia Pantoja Presente! Her work focuses on...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

The Division of Education of the National Endowment for the Humanties awarded its third largest teaching and learning grant this year to former ASHP/CML staff member Professor Fritz Umbach and his colleagues at John Jay College, Elisabeth Gitter and Patricia Licklider. “Making Objects Speak: Portable Audio Guides for Teaching with Visual Culture in the Humanities” is a three-year project that brings together scholars in English and history to produce and disseminate ten audio tours of local museum collections, historic buildings, and neighborhoods. The project will also create supplementary web-based educational materials and develop workshops and other resources to foster...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

The new edition of Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History is now available from Bedford/St Martin’s.

Advance readers of the new edition praised its vision, scope and classroom utility:

Who Built America? Third Edition

Who Built America? is a text book of remarkable scope and diversity, with the narrative drive of a good novel. This is how it should be.”
Betty Mitchell, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Who Built America? is one of the best examples of a textbook telling of history from the bottom up. It does more than simply insert...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Antonia PantojaOn March 5, 2008, ASHP/CML will host “Recovering Community History: Puerto Ricans and African Americans in Postwar New York City,” a film screening and discussion about the challenges that scholars, public historians, and filmmakers face in researching and presenting the histories of communities and neighborhoods that are dramatically under-represented in archives and historical collections. The evening features an excerpt from an hour-long documentary on visionary leader Antonia Pantoja, whose activism sheds light on the quest for Puerto Rican self-identity, educational rights, and bilingual education. Other speakers include the historians Craig Steven Wilder and Marci...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Roy RosenzweigWhen Roy Rosenzweig passed away of lung cancer on October 11, 2007, the history profession reeled from the loss of one of its most gifted and generous members. At ASHP/CML, we were privileged to know those qualities firsthand, from a long and rewarding collaboration with Roy that dated back to the project’s earliest years. Roy had a hand in so many ASHP productions, as an editor and author of the Who Built America? textbook, board member, and, perhaps most significantly, a key partner in our work creating digital media and supporting history educators in...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Double VIn our professional development seminars, we highlight documents that go beyond the traditional narrative. World War II is and remains a seminal point of study. As in previous wars, African Americans once again heeded the calls of unity, support, and sacrifice while they continued to endure the limits of segregation. They served in the armed forces and participated in all aspects of home-front activities.

At the same time African Americans sought to create awareness about the injustice and paradox of racial segregation in a democratic nation. In January 1942, an editorial by James Thompson...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

In 2005, ASHP/CML collaborated with New York’s public television station Thirteen/WNET on a proposal for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting entitled Mission America. This summer we learned that Mission America was one of seven interactive multimedia projects selected for funding among eighty-eight proposals. On July 30, 2007 ASHP/CML along with other Mission America partners (including Electric Funstuff, a Manhattan-based software developer, and the Education Development Center’s Center for Children and Technology, a leader in educational research) went to Washington, D.C., to give an in-person presentation to CPB and to meet other award recipients. The current funding is to develop a...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

ASHP/CML is embarking on a new professional development program in the New York City public schools funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teaching American History initiative. This three-year program will serve K-12 social studies teachers in Queens and Brooklyn who teach students who are English Language Learners. ASHP/CML will explore historical content with teachers through primary source materials, scholar presentations, and model inquiry-based lessons. Faculty from project partners at the Queens College Department of Education and LaGuardia Community College will work with teachers to develop pedagogical strategies and adapt primary source materials for their English Language Learner students.Read more

Published March 30, 2011
Who Built America? Third Edition

In December 2007, Bedford/St. Martin’s Press will publish the third edition of Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s History. This new edition retains the original’s distinctive interpretation and strong point of view. We continue to tackle controversial issues and offer opinions that are sometimes critical of celebrated figures or dominant beliefs. For this edition, we have taken account of the vast outpouring of recent scholarship to explore more deeply the histories of American Indians, Spanish-speaking peoples, women, the West, and the social and economic impact of globalization. To make...Read more

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