Commitment 2: Disseminating High Quality Historical Resources at No Charge
Through the Digital History website: http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu, I have sought to make high quality historical resources available to teachers and students at no charge. The website includes:
My most recent initiative has been to create over 70 interactive, inquiry-based modules that allow students to work with primary sources on important historical topics. These eXplorations are discussed under the heading "Students as Historians."
- A comprehensive U.S. history textbook, which I wrote.
- Extensive annotated primary sources in African American, Mexican American, and other areas of American history.
- Visual histories, with text by Professor Eric Foner of Columbia University, which include images from the Chicago Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Collection, and other historical archives.
- Pre-1923 copyright-free music, trailers of historically significant films, maps , speeches, and other audio-visual resources.
- Reference resources including an interactive timeline, chronologies, classroom handouts, e-lectures, glossaries, and resource guides.
- "Doing History" modulescovering such topics as history through children's voices, advertisements, fashion, and historical decisionmaking -- which teach students how to reconstruct the past out of historical documents and artifacts.
- An "Ask the Hyperhistorian" feature that permits students and teachers to pose historical questions to me.