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Published March 30, 2011

“Now, Will You Be Good?”
Grant Hamilton, Judge Magazine, 14 December 1902
This 1902 political cartoon by Grant Hamilton published in Judge, an illustrated satirical weekly, is a regular feature in ASHP/CML’s Teaching American History workshops. We use it as a morning warm-up (most recently in December 2008), a way to both reveal and stimulate teachers’ thinking about U.S. imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century. We also use it to model strategies for how to analyze and interpret political cartoons generally. The cartoon, entitled “Now, Will You Be Good?,” portrays the supposed benefits of...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Since October 2008, ASHP/CML’s website Picturing U.S. History has hosted four public discussions on teaching and learning select eras in U.S. history using archival visual evidence. The Picturing History Forums extend the website’s commitment to providing teachers and students with resources that demonstrate ways historical images can illuminate the past as well as critical approaches to teaching with such materials. Structured as succinct blog entries by guest moderators, the Forum is meant to serve as both an active arena for dialogue and a long-term resource for future consultation.

The Forums remain open for your participation! Visit the Picturing...Read more

Published March 30, 2011
Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work day, April 23, 2009

April 23rd was “Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day” at the CUNY Graduate Center and ASHP/CML was one of two research centers to host an event. About a dozen children of Graduate Center employees visited ASHP/CML’s offices to participate in “Playing the American Revolution.” Our guests enjoyed a hands-on sneak preview of a new online video game produced by WNET/Thirteen in partnership with ASHP/CML. In “For Crown or Colony?” players assume the role of fourteen-year old Nat Wheeler as he journeys to Boston to...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

On October 8, 2009 ASHP/CML and the New Media Lab will host The Digital Word, a day-long national conference on the future of academic publishing and the far reaching implications and possibilities of digital technology for textbooks, scholarly journals, and academic monographs. The conference, to be held at The Graduate Center, will feature roundtable discussions including publishers, scholars, teachers, and new media practitioners and funders who will address past successes and failures as well as ideas for future practice. The goal of the event is to provide common ground and the basis for on-going efforts to use new media in...Read more

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...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

As we prepare to witness the historic inauguration of Barack Obama this month, historical comparisons are perhaps inevitable. Indeed, the president-elect himself has encouraged them by choosing to appropriate two potent symbols of a previous inauguration, that of his presidential idol, Abraham Lincoln.

As has been widely reported, President-elect Obama will be using the burgundy velvet-covered Bible used by Lincoln at his first inauguration in 1861. In addition, the president-elect will replicate the last leg of Lincoln’s inaugural train journey to Washington from Springfield, Illinois, where Obama launched his presidential campaign almost two years ago. Lincoln’s 1861 journey took twelve...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

ASHP/CML is teaming with the Gotham Center for New York City History to present a panel discussion on public history in New York City. It will be held on April 6, 2009, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the City University of New York Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY). The evening is inspired by the career of our late colleague and collaborator, Adina Back, whose own career as a historian of New York City encompassed scholarship, teaching, political activism, museum exhibits, oral history projects, and radio documentaries. Panelists include:

Published March 30, 2011

On January 3, 2009, ASHP/CML presented a panel on “Many Movements: Teaching Black Freedom Struggles from World War II to the 1960s” at the American Historical Association’s (AHA) Annual Conference held in New York City. The session was part of a daylong “Teaching Workshop for the National History Education Clearinghouse,” which the AHA added to the conference as part of its broader outreach efforts to K-12 social studies teachers. ASHP staffers Ellen Noonan and Leah Potter were joined by high school teachers from one of ASHP’s Teaching American History (TAH) programs: Greg Bernardi (Franklin D. Roosevelt High School) and Beth...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

We are pleased to announce the launch of Now and Then: An American Social History Project Blog. Visit our blog for updates on upcoming ASHP public events, media projects, and education program work, as well as errant thoughts and musings about the past, present, and future from our diverse team.Read more

Published March 30, 2011

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