Peopling the American Past





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Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media


Peopling the American Past was a Teaching American History grant project that provided an exciting opportunity for elementary, middle and high school teachers of American history from seven small and rural Virginia school districts to expand and improve their content knowledge and instructional skills. The goals of this project were to focus the teaching of American history around key individuals, events, and documents and to focus the dispersed resources of these districts into a strong and ongoing multi-school consortium supported by a close partnership with university historians, museums, historical sites and online resources.   It fostered engagement with the American past by bringing teachers (and their students) into contact with exciting, complex stories about individuals and events and developing skills of historical thinking—especially the analysis of primary sources—that are essential to sophisticated content knowledge. (


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Pedagogy; digital history