Perspectives

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The Colossus computer, used to break codes during World War II, 1943. On Wikipedia.

The Colossus computer, used to break codes during World War II, 1943. On Wikipedia.

Historians.org needs a quick reboot to resolve a technical hiccup and will be unavailable starting at 4:00 p.m. today. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the website back up again soon.

AHA Today will still be available, and we recommend browsing some of our recent blog posts. Popular posts this week have featured reflections on the Rockville Confederate soldier statue, discoveries at the slave cemetery at Monticello, and a food history blog and app created by PhD history students at Columbia University, one of AHA-Mellon Career Diversity’s four pilot programs.

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Compiling an Open History Textbook: An Interview with American Yawp Editors Joseph Locke and Ben Wright

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.


The Process

 

How did you decide which topics would be covered in the American Yawp?

April 20, 2015