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History as an Act of Faith

Here’s an interview with the late historian Kenneth M. Stampp from the 1980s. He gives some basic information about being a historian. This is from a PBS show called “The Open Mind.” You can access the video here. Advertisements

Using Google Earth and Explain Everything to teach the Civil War

Here’s a tutorial for teachers, or for anyone who seeks to explain Civil War topics to others. It uses Google Earth and an application called Explain Everything to create presentations to help illustrate battles and troop movements. This is very useful. The video’s description reads, “A quick movie to show how you can use Google […]

The Historian’s Toolbox

This is a very useful book for students of history, though it’s designed for university undergraduates majoring in history. Even so, we students who have already been through college can find some good information in here. My copy is the first edition, and if I’m not mistaken it’s up to its third edition right now. […]

Historical Thinking And Other Unnatural Acts

This is a terrific book from Sam Wineburg, who is a Professor of Cognitive Studies in Education and an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Washington in Seattle. He asks why we should teach history, and what is it good for? His answer is, “My claim in a nutshell is that history holds […]

Reading Like a Historian

This is a terrific book by Sam Wineburg, Daisy Martin, and Chauncey Monte-Sano. It gives us strategies and examples for teaching history in middle school and high school. The book takes eight situations from American History, providing readings and comparing how high school students viewed the readings with how graduate students in history who were […]

Fateful Lightning

This is a one-volume history of the Civil War and Reconstruction era by Professor Allen C. Guelzo. It was published in 2012. With James McPherson’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom now almost 30 years old, it needs a successor. This volume is a worthy candidate. Professor Guelzo is an excellent writer, and the book makes for […]

The Intersections of the Past, History, and Memory

Dr. Lisa Gilbert is a social studies teacher at the Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis, Missouri. She put together this map for her 8th Grade students to explain how academic and public history coincide and differ as well as explaining what history is and how it differs from memory and the past. This is […]