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Published March 29, 2020

Fortunately, all of our staff are able to work fully from home. So writing, designing, and programming continues on Who Built America? Open Educational Resource, which is scheduled to be completed in 2021. Two Mission US projects are also in production. Mission 6, Prisoner in My Homeland on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is nearing completion.  It will be released by the end of April and introduced to teachers with a webinar shortly thereafter. Mission 7, No Turning Back, on the 1960s voting rights struggle in Mississippi is currently being scripted. We recently began working with a...Read more

Published December 9, 2019

This July, the American Social History Project will once again host a two-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath

The fifth iteration of our institute will focus on the Civil War and Reconstruction era's array of visual media--including prints, photographs, cartoons, illustrated newspapers and magazines, maps, ephemera, and the fine arts.  The institute will examine how information and opinion about the war and its aftermath was recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped Americans' understanding, North and South, free and enslaved. Guided by a team...Read more

Published October 2, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Anne Valk has been named to succeed Dr. Joshua Brown as ASHP/CML’s new executive director and as a professor of history with a focus on public history at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Valk brings to her new position extensive expertise in oral history and digital media projects as well as years of public humanities administrative experience, most recently at Williams College. Altogether they reflect her innovative ideas, commitment to public history, and ability to incorporate public history into graduate education. Her published works have focused on U.S. women's and social history, including...Read more

Published September 4, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the Mission US series has been selected as a 2020 “Teacher’s Choice Award for the Classroom” by The Education Center Media Group.  For over 45 years, The Education Center has been bringing influential teachers and organizations together through a host of pedagogical resources and materials. The "Teacher’s Choice Awards" are a prestigious collection of innovative classroom-tested products recommended by teachers currently in the field. The 2020 awards were announced on September 1 and will be available to view on their website later this fall.

As lead historical content developers on all five completed and two...Read more

Published September 3, 2019

We are pleased to announce that the office of the President of the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice has awarded ASHP a grant of $150,000 for Who Built America? The Open Educational Resource (WBA? OER).  The grant will be used to clear rights for twentieth- and twenty-first century visual, audio, and text primary sources; develop interactive maps and charts; and supplement the National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities grant we received for the project in January 2019.

The Ford Foundation supported the Who Built America? project at its origin, and this grant will allow the textbook and rich teaching materials to reach a...Read more

Published August 29, 2019

Did you know that American Social History Project Podcast (ASHP Podcast) has published over eighty episodes? With topics ranging from slavery and anti-slavery imagery to women’s history and women’s activism, and to border, immigration and citizenship, ASHP Podcast has presented subjects of interest to teachers and the public.

Our podcast is drawn from ASHP’s public seminars and professional development programs with scholars, activists, and educators working in social and public history.  In the latest podcast, humanities scholar Maryanne Trasciatti (Hofstra University) shares the work of the Remembering the Triangle Fire Coalition, which is leading the effort to...Read more

Published August 29, 2019

ASHP has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to host a two-week institute for college and university faculty in July 2020 on the visual media of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The institute (in its fifth iteration) will expand study on the ways the war was recorded and remembered through an array of visual media -- including the fine arts, photography, cartoons, prints -- and a range of “ephemeral” pictorial items and publications. Institute participants will work with leading scholars in the field and take part in hands-on workshops in local museums and archives....Read more

Published June 12, 2019

All ten of our award-winning documentaries are now available to stream for free and with closed-captioning. These accessible and exciting 30-minute programs explore the central role of working women and men in U.S. history, and have withstood the test of time by continuing to engage students in middle school through college level classes. Each documentary has a downloadable Viewer’s Guide that is written for student readers. It introduces the main topics, events, and composite characters that help to dramatize the historical themes in many of the programs. The streaming pages also help facilitate active-viewing strategies in the classroom by...Read more

Published January 29, 2019

Over the past year ASHP staff have been working with faculty members from Bronx Community College CUNY to assist them in incorporating Latino history and culture into their courses and encouraging them to develop learning community clusters focused on Latino content.  In December, Presente: Latino-Centered Learning Communities, hosted a closing event open to all BCC faculty where instructors shared their work and personal reflections on their experience of expanding their curriculum. Participating faculty represented a range of disciplines and highlighted their desire to advance various skills such as critical reading, active viewing, community engagement, and storytelling as part their exploration of Latino themes. Some...Read more

Published January 29, 2019

Join us Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 pm for a public event, Monuments of the Future: Alternate Approaches, which will be held in the Segal Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center. This panel and discussion will present physical and virtual alternatives to monument creation that use a variety of media to promote public dialogue about how and what we remember. Panelists include Kubi Ackerman, director of the "Future City Lab" at the Museum of the City of New York; Marisa Williamson, artist and creator of “Sweet Chariot: The Long Journey to Freedom Through Time; Ken Lum, co-curator of "Monument Lab: A Public...Read more