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Teaching American History Goals

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Increase student content knowledge of American History

Increase student appreciation of American History

Our teachers finished the year with a trip to Northern California. They traveled to Sutter's Mill, General Vallejo's Home, California Governor Mansion Governor Sanford's Home, Walking Tour of Chinatown in San Francisco.

Jason LaBau of CSU Fullerton 

Topic: Immigration in California

Dr. La Bau discussed  immigration in the United States, with particular emphasis on California, from the late nineteenth century through the recent past. Among other things, he showed how the process of boundary-making both preceded and continued after the establishment of fixed political borders, and how migration continues to both disrupt and define the nation and state. He used primary and secondary sources to guide the teachers  through this complicated terrain, noting especially the significance of race, class, and gender.He enriched the teachers’ understanding  of immigration and its continuing impact on the United States and California.

January Scholar of the Month

Peter Blodgett

On Saturday, Peter Blodgett led the seminar on the Gold Rush.

He is  the curator of Western Americana at The Huntington, who will present Huntington
materials and discuss his book/exhibit on the Gold Rush.

A New Englander by birth and upbringing, Peter Blodgett received his bachelor’s degree in American history from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University, where he worked with Professor Howard R. Lamar on the history of the American West.  Since joining the Huntington Library’s Manuscripts Department in 1985, he has been responsible for the acquisition, processing, exhibition and reference service of the library’s rare original documents concerning the history of the trans-Mississippi West across the past two centuries.   The collections within his charge include materials that document the economic, social and political development of the West as well as the encounters of indigenous and immigrant peoples throughout the region.  During his service at the Huntington, he has assisted hundreds of researchers in successfully consulting the Library’s holdings and has overseen the acquisition and processing of dozens of collections of historical records.

Survey Links for January 21, 2012

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November Scholar of the Month

Michael D. Block

A San Francisco native, Michael earned his bachelor's degree (with honors in history) at Oberlin College, in Ohio in 2004, and his doctorate at the University of Southern California in 2011. His dissertation, “New England Merchants, the China Trade, and the Origins of California,” explores connections between American commercial involvement in the China trade since before the American Revolution and rising American interest in California and the wider Pacific basin. Michael is currently a Dornsife College Distinguished Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the history department at USC.

Survey Links for November




October Scholar of the Month

Dr. Steven W. Hackel - UC Riverside

            As a historian of early America who works on colonial California, I have spent a good deal of my professional life challenging the conventional boundaries and chronology of Early American History.  California may have been established during the years of the American Revolution, when most studies of colonial history come to a close, and it may have been established on the western edge of the continent far removed from the events the Revolution, but California had an important colonial history, one that was tied to larger events and one that continues in various ways to not only challenge the work of conventional colonial historians but to shape the region in which we live.

October 15 2011 Survey Link:http://C-USASession10-15-11C1.questionpro.com


September Scholar of the Month


            Dr. Nick Rosenthal           

In September, Cohort 1 began its second year of the grant.
On September 17, 2011, cohort 1 attended lectures at The Huntington Library.

The lead scholar for cohort 1 was Dr. Nick Rosenthal.   Dr. Rosenthal teaches at Loyola Marymount University.   Dr. Rosenthal discussed the impact of California Indians on California’s History.

During the afternoon session, Michele Zack, a local historian, discussed the treatment of Southwest Indians and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.