American History in Schools and Colleges: The Report of the Committee on American History in Schools and Colleges of the American Historical Association, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, the National Council for the Social Studies

American History in Schools and Colleges: The Report of the Committee on American History in Schools and Colleges of the American Historical Association, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, the National Council for the Social Studies

American History in Schools and Colleges: The Report of the Committee on American History in Schools and Colleges of the American Historical Association, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, the National Council for the Social Studies

American History in Schools and Colleges: The Report of the Committee on American History in Schools and Colleges of the American Historical Association, the Mississippi Valley Historical Association, the National Council for the Social Studies

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This is an appropriate time for the appearance of a report on the teaching and study of American History. National crises naturally lead to national self-examination. The war has caused a reëxamination of the purposes, extent, and quality of instruction in American History. Such appraisals enable the schools and colleges to reconsider their purposes and rechart their course. This report is the result of an organized attempt to restate the fundamental problems in the teaching of American History.

The teaching profession has long maintained a constant and active interest in the study and teaching of history. Committees, appointed by historical and educational associations, have made frequent surveys and reports designed to improve the quality of instruction. This committee has used the materials and studied the conclusions of its predecessors. It has focused its efforts not upon the whole field but primarily upon the teaching of American History.

This Committee on American History in the Schools and Colleges originated in the actions of two historical associations. In December, 1942, the Council of the American Historical Association authorized the appointment of a committee to report on the state of history, especially American History, at the college level. The outcome of the committee's deliberations was to be embodied in constructive suggestions presented briefly and without great delay. On April 23, 1943, the following resolution was passed unanimously by the Mississippi Valley Historical Association in its meeting at Cedar Rapids:

Resolved that the incoming president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association be empowered and instructed to appoint a committee to be designated as the Committee on the Teaching of American History in the Schools and Colleges . . .

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