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Teaching with Biography

from the editor

Celebrating Lives, and a Milestone, by Kevin B. Byrne

Anniversaries–those most human of celebrations–help us mark the passage of time and maintain a sense of chronology, however basic. So this month, for instance, we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Ben Franklin, a figure whose biography many teachers have used to enliven their explorations of early American history. As it happens, this issue of the OAH Magazine of History, on the theme of teaching with biography, also marks the celebration of a milestone at OAH. Read more >


From the Stacks,
by Robert H. Ferrell
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Why Biographies Matter in the Classroom,
by Shirley A. Leckie
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The Spirit of the 1920s,
by John C. Chalberg
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Black Librarians and the Search for Women’s Biography during the New Negro History Movement,
by Julie Des Jardins
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Biography as Environmental “Herstory”,
by Stephen Kneeshaw
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teaching resources

Two American Entrepeneurs: Madam C. J. Walker and J. C. Penney,
by Rita G. Koman and the Teaching with Historic Places Staff
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Teaching the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,
by Karen Cobb Carroll
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Media Review: February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four,
by Timothy N. Thurber
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teaching with documents from the gilder lehrman collection

“In the end you are sure to succeed”: Lincoln on Perseverance,
by Harold Holzer
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on teaching

What a Hot Comb Can Tell Us about History: Material Culture and the Classroom,
by Diana B. Turk
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america on the world stage

The American Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction on the World Stage,
by Edward L. Ayers
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National Park Service Historic Sites: Biography
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