HM - December 2018 - Intro


Greetings! Thank you for reading the December issue of History Matters! Some argue that history is simply the documentation of the political and economic decisions that humans have made over time. For others, the preceding statement is too simplistic. For whatever diversity of opinion may exist on the matter, it would be difficult to discount the significance that economic issues have played in the history of the United States, and the world for that matter. With this above in mind, the theme for the November issue of History Matters! is Economic Transformation. This month we feature a single article that might help secondary history teachers to explore this important and often misunderstood theme. Written by high school teacher, Emmett Wilson, the article describes how teachers can use historical materials to assist students as the work to compare and contrast major economic crises that the United States has faced as a nation, in this case, the Great Depression and the Great Recession. Wilson describes how he implemented the lesson in his own classroom and offers ideas and resources for teachers interested in replicating the lesson in their own classes. Readers are invited to adapt the lesson idea to their own purposes.

As always, we warmly invite you all to submit your own articles or lesson ideas for future issues of History Matters! If you have strategies, methods, or plans that could be useful for K-16 history teachers please consider submitting them to Scott Roberts ( and/or Charles Elfer ( The themes for the remainder of the year are provided below:
  • January: The Arts and Cultural Expression
  • February: Technology and Progress
  • March: Religion and Public Life
  • April: Philosophies and Ideologies
  • May: Family and Gender
  • June: Globalization and Human Rights
Thanks again for your readership and Happy Holidays!

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