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New Edited Book--Teaching Difficult Histories in Difficult Times

  • 1.  New Edited Book--Teaching Difficult Histories in Difficult Times

    Posted 02-09-2022 03:41:00 PM

    Dear Colleagues, 

    It is my pleasure to introduce the fourth book in the Research and Practice in Social Studies series for Teachers College Press: Teaching Difficult Histories in Difficult Times: Stories of Practice, edited by Lauren McArthur Harris, Maia Sheppard, and Sara Levy! 

    It is available for purchase on the Teachers College Press website, Amazon, or anywhere you buy books! Here is the TC Press link: 

    Book description: Despite limitations and challenges, teaching about difficult histories is an essential aspect of social studies courses and units across grade levels. This practical resource highlights stories of K–12 practitioners who have critically examined and reflected on their experiences with planning and teaching histories identified as difficult. Featuring the voices of teacher educators, classroom teachers, and museum educators, these stories provide readers with rare examples of how to plan for, teach, and reflect on difficult histories. The book is divided into four main sections: Centering Difficult History Content, Centering Teacher and Student Identities, Centering Local and Community Contexts, and Centering Teacher Decision-making. Key topics include teaching about genocide, slavery, immigration, war, racial violence, and terrorism. This dynamic book highlights the practitioner's perspective to reveal how teachers can and do think critically about their motivations and the methods they use to engage students in rigorous, complex, and appropriate studies of the past. 

    Advanced praise:

    "The details that are revealed in this volume create a visceral experience for readers-a chance to peek into a teacher's thinking and rethinking, and to hear the voices of students and their families….If we can follow the lead of educators included in this compilation, there is hope."
    -From the Foreword by Cinthia Salinas, Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professor in Education, The University of Texas at Austin

    "I strongly recommend this book to any educator who is interested in better understanding what constitutes 'difficult histories,' why it is so important to teach such histories, and what the challenges are when doing so. The rich and engaging examples of practice that permeate this book provide examples of what good teaching of difficult histories looks like in various contexts."
    -Diana E. Hess, dean and Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Table of Contents 

    Foreword-Cinthia Salinas 

    Introduction: Framing Difficult Histories-Lauren McArthur Harris, Maia Sheppard, & Sara Levy 


    Representing Difficult History Through Images and Narratives with Museum Partners: Learning and Teaching at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum-Rebecca Rosen, Kevin Meuwissen, Megan Jones, & Jennifer Lagasse 

    Rethinking the Teaching of Black History: Teachers, Students, and the Development of a Black History and Literature Course Using a Black Historical Consciousness Framework-Gregory Simmons, LaGarrett King, & Mary Adu-Gyamfi 

    Teaching About the Nanjing Safety Zone to Introduce Human Rights-Jing Williams, Christian Pirlet, & Mary Johnson 


    "Step by Courageous Step": A Preservice Teacher's Understanding of the Story of Ona Judge-Amanda Vickery, Shalicia Hobby, & Marquita Foster 

    Pacific Learners, Identity, and Difficult Histories: A New Zealand Case Study-Bronwyn Houliston 

    Perpetual War as Difficult History: Teaching Against Militarism and for Peace-Scott Glew 

    Teaching the Holocaust: A Search for Its Redemptive Value-Doran Katz 


    From Praying Towns to the National Day of Mourning: Centering Indigenous Peoples' Survivance and Resistance Within American History-Taylor Collins & Christopher Martell 

    "When People Stay Silent, It Looks Like Newberry Is the Only One With This Problem": Confronting the Difficult History of Racial Violence in an African American History Course-Elizabeth Yeager Washington, Catherine Atria, Jordan Marlowe, & Christina Aulino 

    Comparing Historical Injustices: The Possibilities and Challenges of Teaching Multiple Injustices From an Anticolonial Perspective-James Miles & Rosie Thind 

    The Paradoxical Qualities of Teaching Difficult History-Tyler Moon & Jim Garrett 


    "The 13th Amendment, It Don't Say That We Kings": Teaching the History of Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform Through Hip-Hop Pedagogy-Kelly Allen 

    Teaching Difficult Histories of Immigration at the Elementary Level-Tara Rich & Sohyun An 

    "If You're Not Talking About Those Things, You're Not Talking About History": Interrogating and Discussing Secondary Sources-Lance Weisend, Colleen Fitzpatrick, & Stephanie van Hover 

    "These Are Human Beings We're Talking About": 9th Graders Think and Write About the Middle Passage-Jennifer Hauver, Victoria Lisle, & Ga-Min Lee 


    Wayne Journell
    Univ of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro NC