What We’re Reading: March 1, 2012

America's History PRIDid you know that just “3 percent of America’s historic landmarks document the history of women, African-Americans and Native Americans”? Learn more and hear about an effort to make U.S. monuments more inclusive in the first article of this week’s “What We’re Reading.” Then, meet past-AHA president and financial journalist Charles Francis Adams Jr., learn about historians’ thoughts on movies and history movies that have won Oscars, and read up on some award winners in the history profession.

American History

Movies

Awards

  • Outstanding Teacher of American History Award
    Joseph Gerth, who teaches AP U.S. History, Global Studies and U.S. History at Seekonk High School in Massachusetts, has won the Outstanding Teacher of American History Award by the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, Attleboro Chapter.
  • New-York Historical Society Awards American History Book Prize
    John Lewis Gaddis has won the New-York Historical Society’s $50,000 American History Book Prize and the title American Historian Laureate for his book, George F. Kennan: An American Life (Penguin Press, 2011). Gaddis will be presented the award on April 13 at the New-York Historical Society’s “Weekend with History” event.
  • 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature
    Gal Beckerman’s book, “When They Come for Us We’ll Be Gone: The Epic Struggle to Save Soviet Jewry,” which tells the history of the Soviet Jewry movement, has won the 2012 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Matthew Keough, Nike Nivar, and Robert B. Townsend

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