Publications

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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

American Historical Review Exchange on The History Manifesto

“A spectre is haunting our time: the spectre of the short term.” This sentence, echoing one of the most influential texts of the modern world, is how historians Jo Guldi and David Armitage begin their own manifesto calling for historians to return to the longue durée. Only this approach, the authors argue, will enable us to engage in current debates and counter the short-term horizons that characterize so much discourse in the public sphere.

Since its publication last year, The History Manifesto has elicited numerous responses and provoked impassioned debate.