Last week the AHA and other history organizations asked members on short notice to contact members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) regarding funding for history education in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Committee completed its markup on October 20, and our efforts appear to have been successful. The bill includes an amendment, offered by Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., that would create a “well-rounded” education fund. School districts could use the money to fund programs in history, civics education, social studies and eight other subject areas.
An archive of oral history recordings housed at Boston College and focused on the Irish Republican Army has been subpoenaed by the U.S. government at the request of British legal authorities as part of an "an investigation into murders and kidnappings committed nearly 40 years ago."
On Sunday, the American Historical Association released a statement
deploring the effort to intimidate AHA president-elect William Cronon. A few members have asked for additional information and context for the statement, so we offer the following:
The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) has released a Humanities Action Alert, encouraging those who value the humanities to contact Congress, through this online form, and ask them to support continued funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
There are only a few days left to register for Humanities Advocacy Day, put on by the National Humanities Alliance. Consider joining in to lobby for history programs on Capitol Hill. In other news, a new U.S. History AP course is a year away, the National Archives has joined Foursquare, and Google presents a new “street view” of art museums. If you’re hungry for history this month you may be interested in a group of D.C. historians who meet to discuss decades old recipes, and a journalist who tried to eat like it was 1912. We also bring you two Civil War related articles on myths and 150th anniversary events. Finally, check out a site on Middle East teaching resources and a pocket gentleman’s guide from 1870.
Contributors: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Vernon Horn
As historians, we have a particular angle of vision, as well as expertise relating to how almost any contemporary issue fits into a broader arc of change over time. Are we doing enough? Can we do more?
Article By: Jim Grossman, AHA executive director
This week we note an upcoming registration deadline for the NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day, new errors found in a Virginia history textbook, history teaching in Britian, and advice for those interviewing for jobs at the annual meeting. We also link to an article on U.S. population migration over the past century, thoughts on citing e-books, some belated holiday history, and a look at the brutality of Medieval warfare.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert B. Townsend
In the news this week, historian William H. Goetzmann has passed away, the AHA has joined with a number of individuals and organizations to unseal Nixon Testimony, and the National Book Festival has released its schedule. We also link to three videos this week, featuring James McPherson, the Library of Congress's collections, and "citizen archivists" at National Archives. Then, read about journalism and history, analog tools, the bygone tradition of pocket notebooks, and the flow of the Mississippi River. Finally, just for fun, hear alternatives to the RateMyProfessor.com site's "red-hot chili peppers," and check out a new game at EDSITEment.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, and Vernon Horn