American History & Civilization

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Civic Education Deficiencies Weaken Social Fabric

Jul 24, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

Christina Hoff Sommers places the immigration debate in the context of a national dearth of civic knowledge.

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Liberty and Letters: Celebrating Independence Day

Jul 04, 2013 by Tessa Carter |

The legacy of July 4 through the eyes of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

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Ask a Scholar: Compare Views of Liberty in Late Colonial America

Jul 01, 2013 by Martin Burke |

Professor Martin Burke sorts out several contrasting views of liberty found in late colonial America.

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Ask a Scholar: How Did Women’s Suffrage Impact the USA?

May 29, 2013 by Jonathan Bean |

Prof. Jonathan Bean assesses the impact of the women's suffrage movement on the American polity.

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American Exceptionalism

Apr 29, 2013 by George Seaver |

George Seaver discusses the competition of civil, religious and economic factions under a Constitution.

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Texas Legislature Hears Arguments on “Comprehensive Survey” Bill

Apr 19, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

The Texas House of Representatives' Higher Education Committee heard arguments for and against a bill that would clarify a preexisting bill requiring the study of U.S. history in college.

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Patriot’s Day in Boston

Apr 16, 2013 by Peter Wood |

A call to summon national resolve against our enemies in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on America.

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Why “Comprehensive” History is Controversial

Mar 19, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

Two new bills that would require general education requirements for U.S. history to be met by courses providing "a comprehensive survey" are seen as a threat by proponents of Mexican American studies.

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Unbiasing American History

Feb 13, 2013 by Ashley Thorne |

Ashley Thorne writes a review of Recasting History for First Things. 

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The Obsession with Social History

Jan 28, 2013 by Richard Pells |

Richard Pells, a historian who taught for 40 years at the University of Texas, says the report's main arguments are largely true.

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Don’t Know Much About History: Colleges Teach History with Politics Left Out

Jan 18, 2013 by Jonathan Bean |

Jonathan Bean responds to NAS's recent report on Two Texas Universities' U.S. History Courses. He's not optimistic about history education.

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Race, Class and Gender, Q&A with Peter Wood

Jan 17, 2013 by The Daily Texan Editorial Board |

The Daily Texan interviews Peter Wood on NAS's recent report, "Recasting History."

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Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?

Jan 10, 2013 Ashley Thorne, Peter Wood, Richard W. Fonte |

A report on the teaching of U.S. history to undergraduates, focused on the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

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Colleges Twist U.S. History

Jan 10, 2013 |

PRESS RELEASE: NAS and its Texas affiliate release a report finding that U.S. history courses at American colleges and universities downplay the nation’s economic, military, and political history and dramatically overemphasize… Continue Reading | 1 Comment >

Early Responses to NAS Report Recasting History

Jan 09, 2013 by NAS |

NAS has received some responses from history professors and others to our forthcoming report, Recasting History. Some are not happy.

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