Books in the Series


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Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement



“Jeffries has called upon some of the leading educators and thinkers in the nation to masterfully reconstruct the narrative of the civil rights movement. This volume empowers educators to take back the movement from trite binaries and simple anecdotes by adding much-needed nuance to the methods and characters. The result is a truer and more balanced understanding of the fiercest periods of the black freedom struggle.”
—Stefan Bradley, Loyola Marymount University

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The civil rights movement transformed the United States in such fundamental ways that exploring it in the classroom can pose real challenges for instructors and students alike. Speaking to the critical pedagogical need to teach civil rights history accurately and effectively, this volume goes beyond the usual focus on iconic leaders of the 1950s and 1960s to examine the broadly configured origins, evolution, and outcomes of African Americans’ struggle for freedom. Essays provide strategies for teaching famous and forgotten civil rights people and places, suggestions for using music and movies, frameworks for teaching self-defense and activism outside the South, a curriculum guide for examining the Black Panther Party, and more.

Understanding and Teaching the Age of Revolutions

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“This insightful, timely, and genuinely useful volume surveys the latest scholarship, suggests provocative ways to think through the subject, and offers helpful resources for teachers at both secondary schools and universities. I learned something from every chapter.” —Andrew M. Schocket, author of Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution

To learn about the “Age of Revolutions” in Europe and the Americas is to engage with the emergence of the modern world. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, nations were founded, old empires collapsed, and new ones arose. Struggles for emancipation—whether from royal authority, colonial rule, slavery, or patriarchy—inspired both hopes and fears. This book, designed for university and secondary school teachers, provides up-to-date content and perspectives, classroom-tested techniques, innovative ideas, and an exciting variety of pathways to introduce students to this complex era of history.

“The World Wide Web: Using the Internet to Teach Revolutions,” by Stuart Salmon and Ben Marsh

Understanding and Teaching the Cold War

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“A superb collection of authoritative, imaginative, and even provocative essays on teaching the history of the Cold War, effectively merging historiography, methodology, and innovative use of primary documents.”—Jeremi Suri, author of Henry Kissinger and the American Century

“Inspired. Brings together historians and master teachers who offer transformative approaches to teaching the complexities of global Cold War history. The focus on a range of textual and visual primary sources from a variety of geographic spaces that work in the classroom is invaluable.”—Mark Philip Bradley, author of Imagining Vietnam and America

For nearly a half century, from 1945 to 1991, the United States and the Soviet Union maneuvered to achieve global hegemony. Each forged political alliances, doled out foreign aid, mounted cultural campaigns, and launched covert operations. The Cold War also deeply affected the domestic politics, cultures, and economic policies of the two superpowers, their client states, and other nations throughout the world. Read more . . .

Understanding and Teaching American Slavery

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WINNER of the 2018 American Historical Association’s James Harvey Robinson Prize “for the teaching aid that has made the most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes” in the previous two years.

Bethany Jay and Cynthia Lynn Lyerly, eds.
Foreword by Ira Berlin


“Many instructors find the subject of slavery intimidating. This volume provides them with the necessary background content, as well as effective and interesting sources and methods, for engaging students and steering them away from common misperceptions.”—Roy E. Finkenbine, author of Sources of the African-American Past

No topic in U.S. history is as emotionally fraught as the nation’s centuries-long entanglement with slavery. How can teachers get students to understand the racist underpinnings of that institution—and to acknowledge its legacies in contemporary America? How can they overcome students’ shame, anger, guilt, or denial? How can they incorporate into the classroom important primary sources that may contain obsolete and racist terms, images, and ideas? This book, designed for college and high school teachers, is a critical resource for understanding and teaching this challenging topic in all its complexity. Read more . . . 

Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender History

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“Leila J. Rupp and Susan K. Freeman have assembled a terrific book for anyone teaching U.S. history to high school or college students. . . . If the task of teaching LGBT history in the classroom seems daunting, the first section of the book presents first-hand accounts of high school and college teachers who have taken the plunge. They represent a broad range of teaching experiences: public and private schools, affluent and impoverished student bodies, hostile and sympathetic parents and administrators, survey and elective courses, tight and flexible time constraints. Each teacher attests to the importance this history had for their students. . . . Especially helpful are wonderful examples of strategies to achieve specific goals.” Claire Lyons, Univ. of Maryland.

Full Review: The American Historian, Feb 2015


Winner, Anthology, 2015

In a similar way to racial/ethnic minorities, women, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups, queer lives first appear as “sidebar” stories, which are important to introducing, say, prominent individuals or significant acts of protest. But this is just a beginning. Our book will help illuminate important figures and events, with essays by experts who possess substantial teaching experience. In addition, the book will be a one-of-a-kind guide for teachers, helping them to understand how the central narratives of U.S. history speak to queer lives and, just as importantly, vice versa. Read more . . . 

Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War

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“This collection makes good on what it sets out to do: help high school and college teachers think about understanding and teaching the Vietnam War in new and innovative ways. There is a clear need for this kind of hands-on volume.”

—Mark Philip Bradley, author of Vietnam at War

“[A] much needed guide to help teachers at all levels navigate the complexities of the Vietnam War and the ever-increasing material available about it.”
History Teacher 47, no. 3 (May 2014)

Honorable Mention for the 2015 Franklin Buchanan Prize from the Association for Asian Studies and the Committee for Teaching About Asia

Named to the list of “Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates, 2013-2014,”  Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries 51, no. 9 (May 2014): 1557.