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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

Understanding Elections in U.S. History

"Marchers with signs at the March on Washington, August 28, 1963." Marison S. Trikosko, photographer. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. 

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.