History education is important to the AHA, and this week we begin this week with two links on the subject. First up, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has put together a commission, which includes a number of prominent historians, to come up with ways to improve excellence in the humanities in the U.S. Then, we link to an article from The Economist, which emphasizes the need to improve history education, despite the push for an increased focus on math and science. Next, check out the redesign of the Library of Congress’ historical newspaper site, meet a new Russian history blog, remember the 1962 space flight through pictures, learn about 69 of Thomas Jefferson’s books that were recently found, and hear about the final victim identifications of the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire. We also link to Eric Foner’s appearance on the Colbert Report and the news of recently unearthed Lincoln documents. And just for fun, learn about movies shooting in D.C. this summer, and the historical figures they focus on.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend