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Published March 30, 2011

 

Boy hopping freight train, Dubuque, Iowa
Boy hopping freight train, Dubuque, Iowa

During the 1930s depression hundred of thousands of young people took to the road in search of work and adventure, or to help relieve their impoverished families. Thanks to Minnesota sociologist Thomas Mineham, we have excerpts of diaries from two youths nicknamed Blink and Simple Sam. Mineham traveled the freight trains and hitchhiked among the transient youths for three years recording their experiences and words. See this month’s In the Limelight feature on ASHP/CML’s homepage to read diary excerpts and more about youth...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

The career of Howard Zinn took him from the Brooklyn shipyards to New York University on the G.I. Bill to a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University and then to the faculties of Spelman College and Boston University, where he urged his students to social activism and mightily irritated university administrators. He published A People’s History of the United States in 1980, a single volume that told a very different story of U.S. history than traditional textbooks did at...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

Mission US, an innovative multimedia game project to improve learning U.S. history in middle and high schools, has received funding from theCorporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)American History and Civics Initiative. A finalist in the nationwide competition, Mission US is an unusual cooperative effort among historians, educators, broadcasters, and gamers, with the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning (serving as the project’s principal content developer and advisor) working in a collaboration with New York’s public television stationThirteen/WNET; Electric Funstuff, a Manhattan-based game developer; and Education Development Center- ...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

The American Social History Project’s website has undergone an extreme makeover! Our new, improved and vastly more informative site, which went live this month, offers easier navigability, greater clarity, and lots and lots of resources. We’ve added new features such as podcasts of talks by noted historians and teachers at our seminars and clips from our award winning documentaries. You can still keep up with our latest activities-and insights-in the ASHP blog, or find more information about our books and other projects. We hope you will take the time to visit us and we invite any...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

This fall ASHP/CML begins partnering with the Apprend Foundation, a non-profit educational organization based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, on a new digital initiative called “Crafting Freedom on NC 86: Discovering Hidden History with Mobile Technology.” With funding from a NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, the team will plan and develop the first steps of a “re-version” of a highway tour, originally produced during the 1930s by the Federal Writer’s Project, focusing on the rich history of African Americans along North Carolina Highway 86. A major goal of the project is to evaluate how open source mobile technology...Read more

Published March 30, 2011

This fall the American Social History Project’s latest Web resource, Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence, will host two online forums on teaching with visual evidence. The October 2009 forum on the West will be guest-moderated by Professor Catherine Lavender of the College of Staten Island at the City University of New York; the November 2009 forum on the Civil War will be guest-moderated by Professor Alice Fahs of the University of California-Irvine.

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

In July, we learned that ASHP/CML received funding to carry out a new Teaching American History professional development program (our eighth since 2003). The U.S. Department of Education awarded this grant to Districts 19, 20, 21, 23, and 31 of the New York City Department of Education. The program will serve social studies teachers who teach U.S. history to special education students, engaging them in the development of curriculum materials and pedagogical approaches that are both intellectually rigorous and meet the needs of diverse learners.Read more

Published March 30, 2011

 

Leonard Nadel Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Bracero Workers
Bracero workers being fumigated with DDT in Houston, Texas, 1956. Leonard Nadel Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

In recognition of Labor Day and our professional development program focus on immigration, we’ve selected a document from our collection of material on the Bracero Program. Between 1942 and 1964, millions of Mexican agricultural workers entered the U.S. to work as farm laborers through the government-sponsored Bracero Program. This photograph of Department of Agriculture personnel spraying braceros with the now-banned pesticide DDT as...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
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

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