The American Historical Association has a long-standing commitment to teaching and history education at all levels, and supports teaching in a wide variety of ways. At the annual meeting, the AHA and its affiliates sponsor many sessions on teaching. The AHA also offers a number of prizes and awards, and supports the good work of National History Day. This page gathers together links to a wide range of publications on the AHA web site, and links to other organizations working in the same area.
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age
Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Reconceptualizing the Introductory Survey Course, a 2004 project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, offers historians models for how to use digitized primary sources in survey courses in World History and the History of the Americas. Lesson plans include The Conquest of Mexico by Nancy Fitch; Teaching Difficult Legal or Political Concepts by Sue Patrick; Through the Lens of History: Biafra, Nigeria, the West and the World by David Trask; and Creation Stories and Epics by William Jones.
The AHA’s Archives Wiki is a clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world. The wiki format allows all historians to contribute—in fact, the success of ArchivesWiki depends on the participation of all. So sign up for an account, log in to edit an existing page, and create new pages to add information on more libraries and archives.
ArchivesWiki can be used by historians seeking research opportunities and even to train future historians; see the article by Keith Erekson, “Training Doctoral Students with the AHA's ArchivesWiki.”
Sixteen Months to Sumter
This site provides access to over 1,000 newspaper editorials detailing the shifting tides of emotion and opinion in the 16 months leading to Southern secession and the American Civil War. The site is intended primarily as a teaching resource, to enrich students' exploration and understanding of the period and assist history teachers by expanding the available primary sources.