Firstly, a Happy Holidays to you and your families. Before we prepare for the New Year, December’s has been a busy month for ASHP.
The project, proposed by the American Social History Project (ASHP) in partnership with Queensborough Community College (QCC) as part of the NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges Initiative. The program will be held at the City University of New York Graduate Center from Summer 2013 through Spring 2015. Bridging Historias will develop curricular materials that will deepen and expand the teaching and understanding of Latino/a history and culture across the humanities disciplines.
Stay tuned throughout 2013 for more updates.
Executive Director Josh Brown won an NEH fellowship to support his writing of his book tentatively titled Studies in the Visual Culture of the American Civil War.
The book will encompass the lessons learned over the course of his more than three decades of scholarship, and “will provide new information to enhance scholarship in related disciplines as it also offers historians an example of sound methodology for the incorporation of visual evidence.” More on the announcement on the Graduate Center homepage, and stay tuned throughout 2013 and 2014 for updates on the process.
Between 2013 being the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the award season celebration of Spielberg’s biopic on Lincoln, “freedom,” “emancipation” and “Lincoln” are being actively discussed all over.
A small piece on the Huffington Post this past week paid mention to ASHP’s book Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution, suggesting it a good alternative to the narrative in most high school textbooks. We quote:
With rare exceptions — like the American Social History Project’s fineFreedom’s Unfinished Revolution — middle and high school textbooks fail to credit the real anti-slavery heroes in this story: the enslaved themselves, along with their black and white abolitionist allies. While early in the conflict Lincoln was offering verbal cake and ice cream to slaveowners, the enslaved were doing everything they could to turn a war for national unity into a war to end slavery, impressing Union generals with their courage, skill, and knowledge — ultimately forcing Lincoln to reverse his early policy of returning those fleeing slavery and, in time, leading the president to embrace their entry into the war as soldiers. The actions of the formerly enslaved even turned some white Union soldiers into abolitionists.