Readings, Links and Resources for 24-28 June 2013, "Many New Americas: Remembering and Writing the Recent Past"


For Monday, June 24
Packet of 1960s Manifestos, Includes: No More Miss America! (1968); Port Huron Statement (1962); Sharon Statement (1960); Indians of All Tribes (1969); NOW Statement of Purpose (1966); People Get Ready (1968); Sex and Caste (1967); I am Joaquin (1968)

"This is SNCC" (undated but from 1960); Source: Stanford Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

Richard Moser, "Was it the End or Just a Beginning? American Storytelling and the History of the Sixties," in Van Gosse and Richard Moser, eds., The World the 60s Made: Politics and Culture in Recent America (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003), 37-51.

See also: Sharon Cohen, "Teaching the Skill of Historical Interpretation," World History Connected 8.2

For Tuesday, June 25
Jimmy Carter, "Crisis of Confidence" speech, televised address, 15 July 1979.

Lisa McGirr, "Piety and Property: Conservatism and Right-Wing Movements in the Twentieth Century," in Chafe, Sitkoff and Bailey, eds., A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America 8e (Oxford University Press, 2012), 316-328.

For Wednesday, June 26
Ronald Takaki, "A Different Mirror" (1993, excerpt) in Rereading America: Cultural Contexts for Critical Thinking and Writing 4e (Bedford, 1998), 538-555.

"1965 Immigration Law Changed the Face of America," NPR All Things Considered, May 9, 2006.

Johnson’s Remarks on Signing the Immigration Bill, 1965

"The Foreign-Born Population in the United States," 2010 US Census.

George C. Herring, "From the Persian Gulf War to Iraq and Afghanistan: Confronting the Post-Cold War World," in Chafe, Sitkoff and Bailey, eds., A History of Our Time: Readings on Postwar America 8e (Oxford University Press, 2012), 353-368.

For Thursday, June 27
Nancy Ammerman, "Waco, Federal Law Enforcement, and Scholars of Religion," in Stuart A. Wright, ed., Armageddon at Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict (University of Chicago Press, 1995), 282-296.

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, "A Diety in the Digital Age," in The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (Chapel Hill, 2012), 234-265.

Diana L. Eck, "Bridge Building: A New Multireligious America," in A New Religious America (HarperCollins, 2001), 335-386.

For Friday, June 28
Theresa Johnston, "History Detected," Stanford Magazine, May/June 2013, 58-64.

Barack Obama, "A More Perfect Union," speech delivered 18 March 2008 at National Constitutional Center, Philadelphia
To see it in its entirety: CSpan Video Library (38:00) see also an online exhibit about the speech:

Curriculum and Lesson Resources:

Beyond the Bubble - Stanford project that develops history and social studies assessments aligned with Common Core
Reading Like a Historian - also a Stanford project, offering great models for teaching historical thinking through literacy and primary sources, but unfortunately it ends with the late 1960s
National Archives DocsTeach (since 1968)[]=contemporary-united-states
Teaching with the Library of Congress
Wisconsin Historical Society Teacher tools
Just for Fun: Could You Have Passed 8th Grade in 1912? (Huffington Post Education)

Further Reading:

Jefferson R. Cowie, Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class (2012)
Christian Caryl, Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century (2013)
Thomas Borstelmann, The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Inequality (2012)
Claire Bond Potter and Renee C. Romano, Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History that Talks Back (2012)