Author Archives: Robert B. Townsend


History and AP: Growing Numbers and a Different Student Population

The number of Advanced Placement history tests taken by high school students reached an unprecedented level with the graduating class of 2012. According to the College Board, students in the graduating class of 2012 took 580,360 tests in the fields of European, U.S., and world history, and more than half of those tests (300,484 in all) received a passing score of 3 or higher (out of 5).

Echoes of Present in the Past

For those who enjoy echoes of the present in the past, a brief tour through Frederick Jackson Turner’s papers at the Huntington Library a few weeks ago turned up a few treasures.


AHA Book Prizes to Align with Calendar Year

Starting this year, the eligibility dates for AHA book prizes will be aligned with the calendar year listed on the book’s copyright page. This decision follows careful consideration by the AHA Council.

Bridging Cultures Institute Underway at the Huntington Library

The first of the AHA’s NEH-sponsored Bridging Cultures in Community Colleges institutes kicked off at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, yesterday. The institute gathers 24 community college faculty members and a half-dozen experts in the history of the Pacific and Pacific worlds to discuss the latest historiography on the subject, and how it might fit into U.S. history survey courses.

Peer Review, History Journals, and the Future of Scholarly Research

What is the future for history journals in the ecology of history scholarship? In a wide-ranging session at the AHA annual meeting, proponents of an array of print and digital forms for scholarly journal articles discussed the future of this form of history scholarship, and how to assure it reaches the widest audience possible.