Historians Want to Put Events in Context. Common Core Doesn’t. That’s a Problem.

Photo by Roxyuru / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Sandra Stotsky / 12.24.2017 Professor Emerita of Education Reform University of Arkansas For an October 2017 conference sponsored by an affiliate of the California Association of Teachers of English, I was invited to give an informal talk on a chapter in my book, The Death and Resurrection of a Coherent[…]

Early American Historiography at the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius

Photo by Henry Mühlpfordt / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Mark Boonshoft / 08.26.2017 Assistant Professor of History Norwich University 1966 was a transformative year in popular music. The Beatles released Revolver; Dylan put out Blonde on Blonde; and the Beach Boys dropped Pet Sounds. Even fifty years later, those three albums sit atop many respectable lists of the best all time albums.[…]

Did Hamilton Write Too Much for His Own Good?

By Dr. Joseph M. Adelman / 10.25.2017 Assistant Professor of History Framingham State University You probably know that line about the Federalist from the Act One finale of Hamilton, “Non-Stop,” in which Aaron Burr repeatedly asks Hamilton, “how do you write like you’re running out of time?” In the musical, his indefatigable pen is treated as a[…]

Did Squanto meet Pocahontas, and What Might they have Discussed?

By Dr. E.M. Rose / 11.21.2017 Visiting Fellow, Department of History Harvard University Two of the most famous Native Americans in early colonial history may well have met in London. Matoaka, nicknamed Pocahontas, who lived near the Jamestown settlement in Virginia and Tisquantum, better known as Squanto, who greeted the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, were[…]

King Menkaure (Mycerinus) and Queen

King Menkaure (Mycerinus) and queen, 2490–2472 B.C.E., greywacke, 142.2 x 57.1 x 55.2 cm (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), photo: tutincommon (CC BY-NC 2.0) By Dr. Amy Calvert / 08.08.2015 Egyptologist Founder, The Art of Counting Serene ethereal beauty, raw royal power, and evidence of artistic virtuosity have rarely been simultaneously captured as well as in this breathtaking,[…]