Just last week, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a constitutional right for all Americans. But the majority and the dissenters relied on very different conceptions of the history of marriage.
Joseph Locke and Ben Wright wrote the article “A Free and Open Alternative to Traditional History Textbooks” for the March issue of Perspectives on History. AHA staff Shatha Almutawa and Stephanie Kingsley talked to Joe and Ben about their open textbook project, The American Yawp. Joe is a historian of modern America, and Ben is a historian of America and the Atlantic world.
How did you decide which topics would be covered in the American Yawp?
The American Historical Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Miller as editor of Perspectives on History.
Every year in the February and March issues of Perspectives on History AHA staff reflect on our annual meeting, which is held in the beginning of January.
In the final chapter of Discipline and Punish Michel Foucault places the moment of the ultimate creation of the modern penal system in France in 1840 with the opening of the Mettray colony for delinquent boys.
Dr. Shannon Bontrager is a soon to be associate professor of history at Georgia Highlands College in Cartersville, Georgia. His research focuses on the cultural and political history of how Americans remember their war dead from the Civil War to the Great Depression. Once suspicious of PechaKucha, he has come to enjoy it as much as he enjoys pizza.
Conducted via e-mail from June 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014, and at the Council Meeting on January 2 and 5, 2015.
Through e-mail conversation from June 25, 2014, to December 19, 2014, the Council of the American Historical Association made the following decisions or actions:
- Approved the nomination of John Martin (Duke Univ.) to serve on the Board of Editors of the American Historical Review.
- Issued a statement endorsing a bill proposed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to expand student loan forgiveness to adjunct faculty.
At 8:30 on Saturday morning, the Mercury Ballroom room was buzzing, and there wasn’t even any coffee. The energy was generated by Interviewing in the Job Market in the 21st Century, a workshop organized by the AHA’s Professional Division, and co-sponsored by the Graduate and Early Career Committee and the Coordinating Council for Women in History.