LP – How “Cold” Was the Cold War?

How “Cold” was the Cold War? Common Core Standards: RH1, RH6, RH8, WHST1, WHST8, WHST9 Introduction In teaching the history of the Cold War at both the university and secondary levels, many teachers shroud the complexities of the Cold War in hyperbole. Students often fail to understand that conflict between the two superpowers would not […]

LP – War of 1812

War of 1812 Essential Questions: Was the War of 1812 a “Second American Revolution”? Or Was the War of 1812 a war of choice or a war of necessity? Common Core Standards: RH9, WHST1 Initiation: 1. Give students part of the third verse of the National Anthem, without telling them what it is, but saying […]

Rising Isolationism, A Renewed Danger?

It is an honor to be kicking off the blog for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for the fall of 2011. I thank Andrew Johns, Brian Etheridge, and the officers of SHAFR for the invitation, and I look forward to an excellent year of diverse debates and dynamic discussions. For this column, […]