Thomas Fangmann Sometimes I am very disappointed by digital history projects. The interface looks cutting edge, the features are hyped up, and the project relates to an important topic. However, when I attempt to actually use the resource I am usually overwhelmed by the sheer immensity of data and the open-endedness of the application. I […]

Thomas Fangmann   Teaching the Civil War in High School and College Classrooms   For this project I have selected three articles from the journal The History Teacher on the theme of Civil War education. I chose this theme because memory of the Civil War and the Confederacy are salient themes within current political debates […]

Project 4 – Dangerous Games and the Current Use of History in Politics

November 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Project 4 – Dangerous Games and the Current Use of History in Politics

Thomas Fangmann The book Dangerous Games by Margaret MacMillan provides rich examples of the ways in which history has been used to shape the present. Some examples of the uses of history include: supporting the idea of the nation, creating group pride, justifying group grievances, providing entertainment, and so much more. Furthermore, MacMillan provides examples […]

My Public History Experience and the Role of History in Society

November 7, 2018 | Comments Off on My Public History Experience and the Role of History in Society

There is sometimes a divide between public and academic history. A good example of this divide was the controversy over the proposed Enola Gay exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum. The proposed exhibition, which incorporated contributions from academic sources, intended to display the aircraft that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan while […]

Project 2 Option (1): Review of Pumpkin

October 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Project 2 Option (1): Review of Pumpkin

Thomas Fangmann Project 2 Option (1): Review a recent work of popular history or biography with particular attention to the questions raised by our course   Ott, Cindy. Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012. Pumpkin by Cindy Ott is both a book with popular appeal and a […]

Comparing Reviews of Gotham and The Island at the Center of the World

October 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Comparing Reviews of Gotham and The Island at the Center of the World

Generally speaking, academic historians are trained to argue a thesis based on evidence, while journalists are trained to discover, analyze, and report information. In the case of the two works of popular history that I discuss in this article the roles are somewhat reversed. The scholarly historians Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace present a […]

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