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America's History in the Making


Lois Leveen – Academic Director
Lois Leveen was a professor at UCLA and at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. In addition to her work on this project, she served as project director for Engaging the American Past, a Teaching American History grant serving thirty school districts in Washington State. She designs and delivers professional development workshops throughout the United States on teaching American history at the elementary-, middle-, and high-school levels; on teaching with technology; and on addressing race in K–12 and college classes. She is an editor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature and served as a primary investigator in the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year national study on educational uses of information technology. As academic director, Dr. Leveen oversaw content across all media and wrote the Faclitator Guides for Unit 2, Mapping Initial Encounters; Unit 3, Colonial Designs; Unit 4, Revolutionary Perspectives; Unit 6, The New Nation; Unit 7, Contested Territories; Unit 8, Antebellum Reform; Unit 9, A Nation Divided; and Unit 10, Reconstructing a Nation.

Gary Nash – Lead Advisor
Gary B. Nash is director of the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. He is a past president of the Organization of American Historians; and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Society of American Historians. He has published many books on Colonial and Revolutionary American history and African American history, including the groundbreaking Red, White and Black: The Peoples of Early North America and his most recent books, The Forgotten Fifth: African Americans in the Age of Revolution and The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America. Dr. Nash is a lead author of The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society, which was excerpted for America’s History in the Making. As lead advisor, he oversaw all media content.

Kirk deFord – Distance Ed Advisor
Kirk deFord has been a professional educator for more than thirty-five years and has been a teacher at all levels, including school vice principal, curriculum coordinator, high school tech coordinator, and a school board member. Through his work at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL), he was in charge of the Digital Bridges Project, a resource for K–12 distance education. The Digital Bridges Web site (netc.org/digitalbridges) is a resource about online learning, effective teaching, and learning strategies over distance and includes information about local, regional, state, and national distance education policy and practice. Mr. deFord served as a national evaluator for National Endowment for the Arts in 2005. He consulted on the overall series.

Tim BorstelmannContent Advisor
Thomas (“Tim”) Borstelmann has been the Elwood N. and Katherine Thompson Distinguished Professor of Modern World History at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln since 2003. He spent the previous twelve years as a member of the History Department at Cornell University. He teaches courses on modern U.S. and modern international history. A native of North Carolina, Borstelmann holds a BA from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD from Duke University. His research focuses on the intersection of United States domestic history and international history. His first book, Apartheid’s Reluctant Uncle: The United States and Southern Africa in the Early Cold War (1993) won the Stuart Bernath Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for the best first book in American diplomatic history. He has also published The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena (2001) and has coauthored a U.S. history textbook, Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States. He is currently working on a book on the 1970s. Professor Borstelmann advised on Unit 21, Global America.

Dave Edmunds – Content Advisor
R. David Edmunds is Watson Professor of American History at the University of Texas–Dallas. He teaches courses in American history and Native American history. The author or editor of ten books and more than one hundred articles or essays, he has written extensively about Native American history, including Tecumseh and the Quest for Indian Leadership, The Shawnee Prophet (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize), The Potawatomis: Keepers of the Fire (awarded the Francis Parkman Prize), and The Fox Wars (awarded the Alfred Heggoy Prize). He co-authored The People: A History of Native America. He has received three teaching awards and has conducted content-oriented workshops for secondary teachers in many states. He is the recipient of Ford Foundation, NEH, Newberry, and Guggenheim fellowships. Mr. Edmunds has also served as a consultant to documentary filmmakers, and to several tribes in land claims cases. In 1998, he received an Award of Merit from the American Indian Historians Association. Professor Edmunds advised on Unit 1, Pre-Columbian America.

Rebecca Edwards – Content Advisor
Rebecca Edwards is Eloise Ellery Professor of History at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. A Virginia native, she received her BA from the College of William and Mary, and her PhD from the University of Virginia. At Vassar, she teaches courses on the nineteenth-century United States, the U.S. West, the history of women, and environmental history. She has written two books on the late nineteenth-century United States: Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics from the Civil War to the Progressive Era and New Spirits: Americans in the Gilded Age, 1865–1905. She is currently working on a biography of the People’s Party leader Mary Elizabeth Lease (who allegedly told the farmers of Kansas to “raise less corn and more hell”).  Professor Edwards advised on Unit 13, Landscapes of Conflict.

Willie Freeman – Teacher Advisor
Willie Freeman is supervisor of the New Haven Public School’s K–12 Social Studies/History Department in Connecticut. He held the position of school principal for thirteen years and city staff-curriculum developer for two years. He presently serves on a number of boards of directors, such as the Connecticut Council of Social Studies and the Greater New Haven United Way. His thirty-three years in the field of education includes numerous activities in promoting the study of history in our schools. Recently, he aided the New Haven Public Schools as a reader in the designing, writing, and publishing of the textbook: New Haven’s Cultural Landscape: Its Changing People and Places. Mr. Freeman advised on Unit 4, Revolutionary Perspectives and Unit 6, The New Nation.

Kevin Gaines – Content Advisor
Kevin Gaines is director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, and professor of history at the University of Michigan. He is author of Uplifting the Race: Black Leadership, Politics and Culture During the Twentieth Century, which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association in 1997. His latest book is American Africans in Ghana: Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era. Professor Gaines advised on Unit 20, Egalitarian America.

Linda Gordon – Content Advisor
Linda Gordon is a professor of history at New York University; previously she was Vilas Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Society of American Historians. A historian of women, gender, and social policy, she is the author of many books and articles including Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A History of Birth Control; Heroes of Their Own Lives: the Politics and History of Family Violence; Pitied But Not Entitled, Single Mothers and the History of Welfare; Dear Sisters: Dispatches from the Women’s Liberation Movement; The Moral Property of Women: Birth Control Politics in America. Her book The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction won the Bancroft Prize for best book in U.S. history and the Beveridge Prize for best book on western hemisphere history. She is now writing about the photographer Dorothea Lange; her most recent book is Impounded: Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment (W. W. Norton, 2006). Professor Gordon advised on Unit 15, The Progressives.

Steve Hackel – Content Advisor
Steven W. Hackel is associate professor of history at Oregon State University. He teaches courses on the history of the American West, early America, Native America, and the Spanish Borderlands. He is the author of Children of Coyote, Missionaries of St. Francis: Indian-Spanish Relations in Colonial California, 1769–1850. He is the general editor of the Early California Population Project and is writing a biography of Junípero Serra, a pioneering Franciscan missionary who established a chain of missions between San Diego and San Francisco. His work has been supported by a wide variety of foundations and, in 1998, he was awarded the Bolton-Kinnaird award by the Western History Association. Professor Hackel advised on Unit 7, Contested Territories.

Andrew Hernandez – Teacher Advisor
Andrew Hernandez teaches honors, resource, and EL U.S. history classes at Raney Intermediate School in Corona, California. Mr. Hernandez advised on Unit 1, Pre-Columbian America; Unit 5, Classroom Applications 1, and Unit 11, Classroom Applications 2.

Bruce E. Larson – Methods Advisor
Bruce E. Larson is an associate professor of secondary education and social studies in the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. He teaches courses in curriculum development, instructional strategies, assessment, and history/social studies teaching methods. His work has been published in journals such as Theory and Research in Social Education, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, The Social Studies, Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, and Social Education. He has also published numerous curriculum guides and contributed chapters in edited books that have to do with both teacher education and social studies education. In 2003, he was a co-author of the Harcourt School Publisher’s social studies basal reader series (grades: kindergarten, first, second, and third). This series won first place at the 2003 New York Book Show for the category of “School Publishing, Elementary Book Series.” Mr. Larson advised on Units 1, Pre-Columbian America, Unit 5, Classroom Applications 1, and Unit 11, Classroom Applications 2.

Dennis Hironaka – Teacher Advisor
Dennis Hironaka has taught for the Ontario School District in Ontario, Oregon, for thirty-four years. He has taught in subjects that include U.S. history, geography, global studies, world history, law and careers, and language arts. Presently, he is the Migrant Education and Talented and Gifted coordinator for Ontario Middle School. Dennis is recognized as a teacher leader, serving on the Ontario Middle School Site Council for more than sixteen years. He has served on many state and national committees and served for several years on Oregon’s Social Science Content Panel. He is the past president for Oregon Staff Development Council, past president for Idaho ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), and presently is on the Leadership Council for the national ASCD. He was recognized by his community as the Mexican American Citizen’s League Educator of the year and was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Hironaka advised on Unit 14, Industrializing America and Unit 16, A Growing Global Power.

Roger Huffman – Teacher Advisor
Roger Huffman has been teaching middle and high school for the last ten years in subjects that include Tennessee history, world geography, American history, and economics and government. Mr. Huffman teaches American history using wartime songs. Currently, he is developing a podcast system for the county where he teaches, helping make local history interesting and educational for his community. Mr. Huffman advised on Unit 19, Postwar Tension and Triumph and Unit 21, Global America.

Linda Kavan – Teacher Advisor
Linda Kavan, MAT, is a social studies teacher at Beaverton High School. She has been involved in education for 12 years. During that time, she has been a member of the National Council for the Social Studies. She also serves on the Oregon State Content panel committee. Ms. Kavan advised on Unit 15, The Progressives and Unit 20, Egalitarian America, and facilitated one of the courses evaluated.

Robert McElvaine – Content Advisor
Robert S. McElvaine is Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters, and chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Down and Out in the Great Depression: Letters from the “Forgotten Man”; The Great Depression: America, 1929–1941; The End of the Conservative Era: Liberalism After Reagan; and Mario Cuomo: A Biography. His essay, “One Depression, Two Remedies,” serves as the introduction to the chapter on the 1930s in Life: Our Century in Pictures. His first two books on the Depression era have become standards in the field. His articles and opinion pieces appear frequently in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek. He has lectured around the world including the United States, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Professor McElvaine advised on Unit 18, By the People, For the People.

Tom McKenna – Teacher Advisor
Tom McKenna taught U.S. history for 25 years in Portland, Oregon. For the last five years of his career with the Portland Public Schools, he was the district’s social studies specialist and director of a Teaching American History grant. Currently, he is an adjunct professor in the Graduate Education Department at Portland State University, where he has taught since 1990. He also is nationally certified senior trainer for the REACH Center for Multicultural Studies in Arlington, Washington. Mr. McKenna has published articles in Rethinking Schools and has contributed to a number of curriculum projects. Professor McKenna advised on Unit 7, Contested Territories and Unit 8, Antebellum Reform.

Becky Mirabella – Teacher Advisor
Becky Mirabella has been teaching for 34 years and is currently teaching American history to eighth-grade students at William McKinley Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She also taught at Juanita High School in Kirkland, Washington; for the U.S. Department of Defense in Germany; and at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to serving as the team leader for the eighth-grade team at her school, she serves on various district and state committees in Iowa and is a member of the executive board for the Cedar Rapids Education Association. In 1999, she was named Linn County Educator of the Year; and, in 2002 and 2005, she was honored by being listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Ms. Mirabella advised on Unit 9, A Nation Divided and Unit 10, Reconstructing a Nation.

Elisabeth Israels Perry – Content Advisor
Elisabeth Israels Perry is John Francis Bannon, S.J., Professor of History at Saint Louis University, where she teaches courses on U.S. history in the industrial and progressive eras. Her most recent publications include The Gilded Age and Progressive Era: A Student Companion and an annotated edition of Olive Anderson’s 1878 novel, An American Girl and Her Four Years in a Boys’ College. Her other writings include a biography of Belle Moskowitz, advisor to New York Governor Alfred E. Smith (awarded a prize from the New York Historical Association); and articles on Girl Scouting, New York City women and politics; and Eleanor Roosevelt. She has co-authored a U.S. history textbook for high-school students, America: Pathways to the Present, and directed five NEH seminars for teachers on classics in American feminist literature. Professor Perry advised on Unit 14, Industrializing America.

Rita Roberts – Content Advisor
Rita Roberts is associate professor of history and black studies at Scripps College. Her courses in American history include antebellum reform movements, Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement. As a specialist in African American history, she is the author of an article on a black revolutionary soldier, an antebellum black feminist, and a late–nineteenth-century black newspaper publisher. Currently, Ms. Roberts is completing a book on Northern free black political thought. She advised on Unit 8, Antebellum Reform.

Randy Shultz – Teacher Advisor
Randy Schultz has been teaching United States history at Lake Elsinore High School for the past 24 years, part of which time he was G.A.T.E. coordinator and advanced placement coordinator. From 2000 to 2002, he served as adjunct professor at National University. For the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, he served as social science mentor teacher, was chosen as community teacher for 2004, and is currently the technology mentor. Mr. Shultz advised on Unit 12, Using Digital Technologies and Unit 22, Classroom Applications 4.

Elaine Tyler May – Content Advisor
Elaine Tyler May, professor of American studies and history at the University of Minnesota, is co-author of a college-level United States history textbook, Created Equal: A Social and Political History of the United States. Her interests include the history of the Cold War era; women and the family in the United States; the history of sexuality and reproduction; and the relationship between private life, politics, and public policy. Her publications include Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America; Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era; Pushing the Limits: American Women, 1940–1961; and Barren in the Promised Land: Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness. She is also co-editor of Here, There and Everywhere: The Foreign Politics of American Popular Culture. She has also written articles and editorials for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other journals, and has been featured on national public radio, public television, and several documentaries. Professor Tyler May advised on Unit 19, Postwar Tension and Triumph.

Therese Van Reenen—Teacher Advisor
Therese Van Reenen teaches social studies, language arts, and math on a cross-graded team of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders at Ashland Middle School in Ashland, Oregon. She has presented workshops at the state and national levels. She has also taught summer classes at Southern Oregon University, also in Ashland. She is a teacher consultant for the Oregon Geographic Alliance. In 1995, she was a teacher consultant for the National Geographic Society summer Instructional Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. In 1998, she received the National Council for Geographic Education Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award. She also serves on local and state committees. Ms. Van Reenen advised on Unit 2, Mapping Initial Encounters and Unit 3, Colonial Designs.

Daniel J. Walkowitz – Content Advisor
Daniel J. Walkowitz is director of college honors, professor of social and cultural analysis, and professor of history at New York University. An American social historian who specializes in labor, urban and working-class history, Walkowitz has authored more than thirty articles, co-edited or authored five books, and produced three film/videos. The recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Council of Soviet and East European Studies, Channel 4 (UK), New York Council for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Humanities Council, Walkowitz has most recently been a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center. His most recent books are as author of Working with Class: Social Workers and the Politics of Middle-Class Identity and co-editor of Memory, the Impact of Political Transformation on Public Space. He is also the general editor of a ten-volume encyclopedia/monographs series on the social history of the twentieth-century United States (forthcoming, ABC-Clio, 2008). Mr. Walkowitz advised on Unit 16, A Growing Global Power.

Joan Waugh – Content Advisor
Joan Waugh is an associate professor in the UCLA History Department. She teaches the America Civil War era in both undergraduate lecture courses and seminars. She offers a summer class in which she takes a small group of UCLA students to Gettysburg National Military Park and other selected sites to study the war. She was awarded the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. She is the author of Unsentimental Reformer: The Life of Josephine Shaw Lowell and The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture. She has appeared in numerous documentaries, including the PBS series, “American Experience” on Ulysses S. Grant. Ms. Waugh advised on Unit 9, The New Nation and Unit 10, Reconstructing a Nation.

Sarah Wieneke – Teacher Advisor
Sarah Wieneke is a third-year teacher in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has taught a wide range of subjects, including geography, U.S. history, economics, and personal law at Jefferson High School. Currently, Sarah is a member of the U.S. History Professional Learning Committee for Jefferson High School, which was established to create standardized history tests for the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Ms. Wieneke advised on Unit 13, Taming the American West andUnit 18, By the People, For the People.

Peter H. Wood – Content Advisor
Peter H. Wood is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford; he teaches early American history and Native American history at Duke University in North Carolina. His books Black Majority and Strange New Land deal with enslavement in the colonial era. Mr. Wood is a lead author for a major American history text entitled Created Equal: A Social and Politcal History of the United States, which was excerpted for America’s History in the Making. He has also written several books about the artist Winslow Homer and contributed to several PBS productions concerning racial slavery. Mr. Wood advised on Unit 2, Mapping Initial Encounters and Unit 3, Colonial Designs.



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