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AHA Member Spotlight: Dr. Electa (Beth) Anderson

AHA members are involved in all fields of history, with wide-ranging specializations, interests, and areas of employment. To recognize our talented and eclectic membership, AHA Today features a regular AHA Member Spotlight series.

Dr. Electa (Beth) Anderson is a high school history teacher at El Toro High School (Lake Forest, California). She lives in Oceanside, California, and has been a member since 2003.

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AHA Sends Letter of Concern Regarding Poland’s Museum of the Second World War

The AHA has sent a letter to Poland’s Minister of Culture expressing concern about the proposal to disrupt the planned Museum of the Second World War and to merge it with a new museum focusing on Poland’s military struggle in 1939. The Museum of the Second World War, if built as planned, will be the only major museum to showcase the history of the war through an international lens. The letter praises Poland’s critical approach in coming to terms with its difficult past, and urges the country to continue its leadership by moving forward with the Museum of the Second World War as planned.

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The Opioid Crisis in Historical Perspective

Prince is just the latest high-profile victim of an opioid addiction crisis that has devastated families and communities across the country in recent years. The problem has drawn widespread media coverage and spurred Congress into action, a rarity in the current political climate. Both the Senate and the House have recently passed legislation to address the crisis. Yet this is hardly the first time the United States has grappled with drug epidemics. What can we learn from past problems and the policies instituted to combat them?

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Facing Slavery’s Legacy at Georgetown: What Can Historians Contribute?

By Adam Rothman

Many universities in the United States are reckoning with their own involvement in the history of American slavery. What can historians contribute? It may seem counterintuitive to ask what historians can bring to the discussion of what seems to be an essentially historical problem, but the answer is not obvious because it depends on the tricky relationship between the past and the present.

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The Politics of the Past in the Black Freedom Struggle

“I grew up reading about you,” historian Clayborne Carson told Terrence Roberts, one of the nine Arkansas teenagers who faced down racist mobs to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The two sat beside each other onstage before a packed audience at the National Museum of the American Indian, there to witness the opening roundtable for “The Future of the African American Past”—a historic conference inaugurating the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, soon to open on the National Mall.

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