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The History Teacher
Volume 55, No. 4
August 2022

The History Teacher

Volume 55, No. 4
August 2022

Front Cover: [Portrait of a woman showing images tattooed or painted on her upper body]. Photograph by The Plaza Gallery, Los Angeles, California, ca. 1907. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-12861. Alternate title: [Mrs. M. Stevens Wagner, half-length portrait, facing slightly right, arms and chest covered with tattoos],

Back Cover: Tattooed lady Betty Broadbent, 4 April 1938. Photograph, 4 April 1938. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy ACP Magazines Ltd., Record No. 9qoaJML1. [Image also available via Wikipedia at]

The History Teacher concludes its 55th Anniversary Edition featuring famous and fabulous tattooed ladies of the past.

Maud Stevens Wagner was a performer and tattoo artist in her own right at the turn of the twentieth century. In this 1907 portrait, we see the impressive scale and diversity of what is truly a body of art. Her arms showcase a menagerie of dragons, dragonflies, butterflies, birds, speeding horses, and a soaring eagle alongside an American flag. Across her chest is a nature scene with trees, birds, snakes, monkeys, and lionsówith a woman riding one of the lions as a sun beams out across the sky.

Betty Broadbent continued the legacy of such pioneering women more than a quarter-century later. In this 1938 photograph, we see stunning examples of the classic themes in early American tattoo culture. Among the most popular themes, an eagle atop an American flag fully extends across her chest. Her arms and legs include portraits of various ladies, the Statue of Liberty, an armed soldier, an American Indian, Japanese geisha, and a portrayal of Francisco "Pancho" Villa.

Complementing the fact that teaching history is an art, this issue of The History Teacher features a special focus on Teaching History with Art. Kenneth H. Marcus and Jon Hall begin this exploration with "Teaching History with the Arts: An Experimental Study," followed by Clinton D. Young's "Concerto for Classroom: Teaching with Classical Music and Opera as Historical Sources" and Michael La Vaglio's "Empire of Ink: Using the Tattoo to Teach About the Rise of American Imperialism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century."

We hope you and your students enjoy the possibilities presented in this issue of The History Teacher. It has been an honor and a pleasure to celebrate 55 years of innovative, inspiring scholarship, and The History Teacher is indebted to the talented scholars who make this journal possible.

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Volume 55, No. 4
August 2022

Front Matter | Back Matter


Teaching History with Art

Teaching History with the Arts: An Experimental Study
  by Kenneth H. Marcus and Jon Hall   (pp. 589-613)

Concerto for Classroom: Teaching with Classical Music and Opera as Historical Sources
  by Clinton D. Young   (pp. 615-635)

Empire of Ink: Using the Tattoo to Teach About the Rise of American Imperialism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
  by Michael La Vaglio   (pp. 637-693)


History-Specific Information Literacy in the Undergraduate Classroom
  by Jon Coburn   (pp. 695-720)


Full Reviews Section   (pp. 721-739)

Anderson, Derek Dwight. Improbable Voices: A History of the World Since 1450 Seen From Twenty-Six Unusual Perspectives
  by Milan Zivkovic

Arata, Laura J. Race and the Wild West: Sarah Bickford, the Montana Vigilantes, and the Tourism of Decline, 1870-1930
  by Brent M. S. Campney

Bieber, Florian. Debating Nationalism: The Global Spread of Nations
  by Lloyd Kramer

Browning, Judkin and Timothy Silver. An Environmental History of the Civil War
  by David Schieffler

Carroll, Francis M. America and the Making of an Independent Ireland: A History
  by Caleb Richardson

Cohen, Robert and Sonia E. Murrow. Rethinking America's Past: Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States in the Classroom and Beyond
  by Tadashi Dozono

Favereau, Marie. The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World
  by Stefan Kamola

Harris, John. The Last Slave Ships: New York and the End of the Middle Passage
  by Mary E. Booth

Long, Michael G., ed. 42 Today: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy
  by R. A. R. Edwards

Raasch, Chuck. Imperfect Union: A Father's Search for His Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg
  by John Sarvela

Stearns, Peter N. Culture Change in Modern World History: Cases, Causes and Consequences
  by David Neumann

Waterfield, Robin. The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks
  by Clayton Miles Lehmann


Index to Volume 55   (pp. 741-748)


587   Contributors to The History Teacher
740   The History of The History Teacher
749   Questionnaire for Potential Reviewers
750   Membership/Subscription Information
752   Submission Guidelines for The History Teacher


588   Society for History Education: Honoring Gary B. Nash
614   Society for History Education: 55th Anniversary
636   Society for History Education: Endless Possibilities
694   Association for Asian Studies: Asia Shorts


Jon Coburn is a Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Programme Leader for American Studies at the University of Lincoln. His research focuses on protest and dissent in the twentieth-century United States, with particular interest in connections between the peace and women's movements. He is also investigating the impact of "digital selectivity" and information literacy on teaching strategies in higher education, and the role history instructors can play in integrating digital fluency within undergraduate curricula.

Jon Marshall Hall received his B.A. in History from the University of La Verne with a minor in Philosophy. His article on Cleaverite ethics and process thought, published in Dialogue: Journal of Phi Sigma Tau in April 2020, won the Best Paper Award for that issue. Hall's research mainly focuses on connections between cultural history and public history. He is currently working toward his M.A. in Public History at California State University, Fullerton.

Michael La Vaglio holds a Master's degree from Columbia University. In addition to teaching social studies in a high school in northern New Jersey, he specializes in the history of tattoos in the United States.

Kenneth Marcus earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge. He is a Professor of History at the University of La Verne, where he teaches courses in European and American history, world history, and history methods. He specializes in the field of twentieth-century Los Angeles cultural history and has published three books as well as over fifty articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and media projects.

Clinton D. Young (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) is a Professor of History and Dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is the author of Music Theater and Popular Nationalism in Spain, 1880-1930, which received the American Musicological Society's Robert M. Stevenson Award. A specialist in the political and cultural history of modern Spain, he is currently at work on a project exploring the American and Hispanic contributions to transatlantic operatic culture.

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