Teaching United States History (TUSH) has been the clearinghouse for creative pedagogy in American history since August 2011. The blog thrived on the inexhaustible enthusiasm of founders Edward J. Blum and Kevin M. Schultz. Joined by Tona Hangen and Nina McCune in 2012, TUSH grew into virtual department lounge, a place to share and hear ideas on what works and what doesn’t in the American history classroom. Ed and Kevin have thought a lot about American history, each editing outstandingly useful textbooks. Blog readers should request an instructor copy of Ed’s Major Problems in American History and Kevin’s HIST. Both are available through Cengage. You can read more and request instructor copies of Major Problems here and HIST here. In the summer of 2013, Ed and Kevin took a backseat, and Ben Wright was charged with the task of finding a way to maintain the momentum created by years of outstanding work. Ben was at work on his own textbook project, aided by co-editor Joseph Locke and nearly three hundred other historians. The result of their labor is The American Yawp, a free and online textbook.
It would take a dozen instructors to replace the output of Ed and Kevin, but a new roster has joined the conversation, working to maintain the creativity and quality that has always characterized TUSH. Join us now as we discuss what we teach, how we teach it, and why, in the American history survey and beyond.