History Now is a quarterly online journal for American history teachers and students, launched in September 2004. Each issue focuses on a particular theme in American history and features essays by leading historians and lesson plans by teachers.

Elections: History Now 1 (Fall 2004)

Primary Sources on Slavery: History Now 2 (Winter 2004)

Immigration: History Now 3 (Spring 2005)

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by Mary-Jo Kline
Books and Printed Materials

Carpenter, Linda Jean, and R. Vivian Acosta.Title IX. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2005. [A book designed to help sports professionals understand the law and its implications.]Hogshead-Makar, Nancy, and Andrew S. Zimbalist. Equal Play: Title IX and Social Change. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2007. [Collection of essays by several experts dealing with every imaginable aspect of Title IX and its historical implications.]More »

by Betty Boyd Caroli

The US Constitution assigns no duties or responsibilities to the president’s spouse. Every woman had to define for herself the role she wanted to play.More »

by Mary-Jo Kline

Prof. Taylor’s most recent book, the prizewinning The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies (New York: Knopf, 2010), focuses on the conflict along the US-Canadian border involving American loyalist families who had fled the new republic, recent Irish immigrants, American Indians, and other residents of this frontier. His next book, to be published by Norton in 2013, will examine still another aspect of the war in American Exodus, British Canaan: The Slave War of 1812.More »

by Mary-Jo Kline

Professor Neiberg has written extensively on World War I. Of his many books, Fighting the Great War: A Global History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 2006) will be most helpful in teaching the topics discussed in this essay.

Although this book is half a century old, it remains your best source on the Zimmermann telegram. It’s been reprinted several times, so you have a good chance of finding it in your library:More »

by Mary-Jo Kline

Prof. Martin has written extensively on the American Revolution. Of his many books, the one most relevant to the essay you’ve just read is his collaboration with Mark E. Lender, A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763–1789, 2nd ed. (Wheeling, IL: H. Davidson, 2006), one of the first book-length studies of the subject to include the work of social historians who examine the experience of war for the soldier.More »

by Mary-Jo Kline

There’s an odd pattern to published works about this conflict, whether you call it Desert Shield/Desert Storm or the First Persian Gulf War. A flurry of books appeared within two years of the end of hostilities—indeed, a couple appeared even before the end of 1991. Since then, scholarly and “general reader” discussion of the war has been spotty. Thus we should be especially grateful to Professor Citino for his analysis here. I think you’ll also want to read his book Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004).More »

by Mary-Jo Kline

Prof. McPherson is the author of Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002), the authoritative study of the battle and its aftermath.

You and your students may also want to look at some of these recent studies:More »

by the Archivist, Mary-Jo Kline

For additional information on the broader Seven Years’ War, of which the French and Indian campaigns were only a part, use this recent one-volume study:

Baugh, Daniel A. The Global Seven Years War, 1754–1763: Britain and France in a Great Power Contest. New York: Longman, 2011.

These authors study the war’s North American campaigns:More »

by Ira Berlin