What We’re Reading: February 24, 2011 Edition

Library of Congress new Chronicling America historic newspaper siteHistory education is important to the AHA, and this week we begin this week with two links on the subject. First up, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has put together a commission, which includes a number of prominent historians, to come up with ways to improve excellence in the humanities in the U.S. Then, we link to an article from The Economist, which emphasizes the need to improve history education, despite the push for an increased focus on math and science. Next, check out the redesign of the Library of Congress’ historical newspaper site, meet a new Russian history blog, remember the 1962 space flight through pictures, learn about 69 of Thomas Jefferson’s books that were recently found, and hear about the final victim identifications of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. We also link to Eric Foner’s appearance on the Colbert Report and the news of recently unearthed Lincoln documents. And just for fun, learn about movies shooting in D.C. this summer, and the historical figures they focus on.

Education

  • Yanked from the Margins
    The American Academy of Arts and Sciences has announced a high-level commission to discuss "the top ten actions that Congress, state governments, universities, foundations, educators, individual benefactors, and others should take now to maintain national excellence in humanities and social scientific scholarship and education." AHA president Tony Grafton, Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust, and Annette Gordon-Reed stand out among the scholars representing history.
  • Don’t know much about history
    The Economist laments the push for math and science education over history, and notes disturbing statistics like, “America’s schoolchildren score even more poorly in history than in maths.” Hat tip.

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Lincoln

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Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

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