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Published January 27, 2021

American Social History Project/Center for Media Learning has developed a list of teaching resources and reflection questions to contextualize the recent attempted insurrection in Washington, DC, and connect it to broader themes and moments in US History.

On January 6, 2021, an angry mob stormed Washington, DC to stop the certification process of the recent presidential election and demand that the election results be overturned. Smaller groups of armed rioters also converged on state houses across the country. For months, this insurgency was incited by an angry president, mobilized through social media and an intense misinformation campaign. In...Read more

Published January 22, 2021

The CUNY Digital History Archive (CDHA) is grateful to receive an Equity in Action grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council. The grant will support the digitization and curation of historical materials documenting three movements to make access to public higher education more equitable toward and inclusive of New York’s diverse residents.  Working under the direction of Stephen Brier, the CDHA will hire three doctoral students to select documents, create metadata, and add descriptive materials to make accessible collections related to: 1) the efforts in the late 1960s of African American residents in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood to push CUNY to found a new...Read more

Published January 15, 2021

The ASHP/CML is happy to introduce Evan Rothman, who will serve as a Graduate Assistant and contribute to the production of the OER version of Who Built America? Evan is a first-year PhD student in History. Before coming to the Graduate Center, he was a labor organizer with K-12 and higher education unions. Evan's current research investigates how New York City’s 1975 fiscal crisis impacted the United Federation of Teachers’ approach to education reform. Read more

Published January 15, 2021

In spring, 2021, Jubilee Marshall will join the ASHP/CML as an intern and will work on adding new collections to Social History for Every Classroom (formerly HERB). Jubilee is a graduate student in Archives and Public History at New York University. Previously, she served as an English Teaching Assistant in the Czech Republic through the Fulbright Program. Read more

Published January 15, 2021

This spring, the ASHP/CML welcomes Beau Lancaster, who will be an intern contributing to the production of new podcast episodes. Beau is a master's degree candidate for Public History and Archives Studies at New York University. Beau conducts historical research and presentations for multimedia platforms. He has a Youtube Channel, "The Shady Historian," about Queer POC history.Read more

Published November 20, 2020

This July, the American Social History Project will once again host an NEH Summer Institute for college and university faculty on the Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath. The institute will be a ten-day remote program taking place between June 28 and July 14, 2021.

Postponed this year due to Covid-19, 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, monuments, and the fine arts. The institute will examine how information and opinion about the war and its aftermath was recorded and disseminated,...Read more

Published October 15, 2020

Every election is consequential and determining who has the right to vote has been a struggle since the founding of the nation. Over the course of U.S. history, the stakes of some elections have been higher than others, especially in times of a national political, social, economic, or health crisis. Elections can also indicate the vitality of democracy itself, testing the structures of government as well as the public’s embrace of democratic principles. For those wanting to better understand this history, the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning has gathered a number of documents and teaching...Read more

Published September 21, 2020

The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at The Graduate Center, CUNY, will host a National Endowment for the Humanities institute in Summer 2021 for 25 college and university teachers to study the visual culture of the American Civil War and its aftermath. Postponed this year due to Covid-19, this fifth iteration of the institute will focus on the era’s array of visual media—including the fine arts, ephemera, photography, cartoons, maps, and monuments—to examine how information and opinion about the war and its impact were recorded and disseminated, and the ways visual media expressed and shaped views before,...Read more

Published September 18, 2020

We would like to remind everyone of the two online resource pages our team developed over the spring and summer months:

Epidemics in U.S. History

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in the United States and around the world leaves many of us seeking ways  to place the pandemic in historical context. ASHP/CML has compiled a list of resources and discussion questions to assist students, teachers, and the general public in understanding past epidemics and connect this knowledge to the present situation. 

Historicizing Black Resistance in the U.S.

ASHP/CML has compiled resources for those who want to better understand the history of...Read more

Published September 18, 2020

Over the past six months, ASHP/CML worked with New York City Department of Education on a project to develop resources and lesson plans for their Hidden Voices program. Our work focused on incorporating significant LGBTQ+ people and events into the existing curriculum framework for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. The project was initiated to help NYC students learn about and honor the innumerable people, often “hidden” from the traditional historical record, who have shaped and continue to shape our history and identity.

ASHP collaborated with teams of scholars and educators to plan, research, develop, and edit 20 lesson “profiles” on LGBTQ+...Read more