Unit 1: Optional Readings


Historiography & the Character of History

  • Charles Beard, "Written History as an Act of Faith," American Historical Review, Vol. 39, No. 2. (Jan., 1934), pp. 219-231. [PDF]
  • Charles Beard, "That Noble Dream," American Historical Review, Vol. 41, No. 1. (Oct., 1935), pp. 74-87. [PDF]
  • Daniel Joseph Singal, “Beyond Consensus: Richard Hofstadter and American Historiography,” American Historical Review, Vol. 89, No. 4 (Oct., 1984), pp. 976-1004. [PDF]
  • HNN article on history of Textbooks and History Standards [LINK]
  • VoteIQ's extended discussion of the Texas Textbook Controversy [LINK]
  • Announcement of grants available for "traditional history" as a result of the Higher Education Act of 2008 [LINK]
  • Patricial Cohen, "Conservatives Try New Tack on Campus," New York Times (September 21, 2008). [LINK]
  • Kelly Field, "Conservatives Claim Some Victories in Democratic Congress's Higher Education Bill," Chronicle of Higher Education (August 6, 2008). [PDF]
  • Peter Wood, "Why Conservatives Are Up in Arms at the College Board's Advanced Placement Course in History," History News Network, August 25, 2014. [LINK]
  • Fred Anderson, "A Rejoinder to Critics of the New AP Course in History"History News Network, August 29, 2014 [LINK]