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Volume 45, No. 2
February 2012

Cover: "Sgt. Joe Louis—Champion of Champions," Charles Henry Alston, 1943, NARA.

Cover 2: "Benjamin Banneker—Astronomer-City Planner," Charles Henry Alston, 1943, NARA. "Lieut. Willa Brown—Aviatrix-Maker of Pilots," Charles Henry Alston, 1943, NARA.

Cover 3: "Frederick Douglass—Statesman, Abolitionist, Champion of the People," Charles Henry Alston, 1943, NARA. "Dr. E. Franklin Frazier—Sociologist," Charles Henry Alston, 1943, NARA.

Cover 4: "Paul Robeson—Actor, Artist, Athlete," Charles Henry Alston, 1943, NARA.

This issue is adorned with selections from the U.S. National Archives collection, "Artworks and Mockups for Cartoons Promoting the War Effort and Original Sketches by Charles Alston," ca. 1942-ca. 1945. Among the more than 200 images in the collection (available at Wikimedia Commons at, the selections included here celebrate African American figures and their contributions to history. Commissioned by the U.S. government, these drawings were created by Charles Henry Alston, whose photograph is included in the Contributors section of this issue.

This issue also includes a special focus on using cartoons, comic books, graphic novels, and other illustrated sources to teach both historical content and historical thinking, featuring Alicia C. Decker and Mauricio Castro's "Teaching History with Comic Books: A Case Study of Violence, War, and the Graphic Novel" and Alyson E. King's "Cartooning History: Canada’s Stories in Graphic Novels," beginning on page 169 and page 189, respectively.

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Volume 45, No. 2
February 2012

Front Matter | Back Matter


Teaching History with Comic Books: A Case Study of Violence, War, and the Graphic Novel
  by Alicia C. Decker and Mauricio Castro   (pp. 169-188)

Cartooning History: Canada's Stories in Graphic Novels
  by Alyson E. King   (pp. 189-219)

Toward a Philosophy of Holocaust Education: Teaching Values without Imposing Agendas
  by Alexander Karn   (pp. 221-240)


Divergent Purposes: A Case Study of a History Education Course Co-taught by a Historian and Social Studies Education Expert
  by Victoria B. Fantozzi   (pp. 241-259)

Teaching Students How to Research the Past: Historians and Librarians in the Digital Age
  by Dominique Daniel   (pp. 261-282)


Pairing Books for Learning: The Union of Information and Fiction
  by Allison L. Baer   (pp. 283-296)


Full Reviews Section   (pp. 297-315)

Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States
  by Jennifer Reed

Coetzee, Frans and Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee. The World in Flames: A World War II Sourcebook
  by Sue Grayzel

Corey, Steven H. and Lisa Krissoff Boehm, eds. The American Urban Reader: History and Theory
  by Julian Chambliss

Currarino, Roseanne. The Labor Question in America: Economic Democracy in the Gilded Age
  by David Neumann

Esherick, Joseph W. Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History
  by Robert Entenmann

Green, James N. We Cannot Remain Silent: Opposition to the Brazilian Military Dictatorship in the United States
  by Craig Hendricks

Hanioğlu, M. Şükrü. Atatürk: An Intellectual Biography
  by Turan Kayaoglu

Inglis, Fred. A Short History of Celebrity
  by Linda Kelly Alkana

Karl, Rebecca E. Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History
  by Timothy Cheek

Konig, David Thomas, Paul Finkelman, and Christopher Alan Bracey, eds. The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law
  by John Henderson

Lukasik, Christopher J. Discerning Characters: The Culture of Appearance in Early America
  by James P. Cousins

Mize, Ronald L. and Alicia C. S. Swords. Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA
  by John A. Britton

Mullett, Michael A. John Calvin
  by Gregory Halfond

VanSledright, Bruce A. The Challenge of Rethinking History Education: On Practices, Theories, and Policy
  by Robert Shaffer


167   Contributors to The History Teacher
317   Questionnaire for Potential Reviewers
318   Membership/Subscription Information
320   Submission Guidelines for The History Teacher


220   Association for Asian Studies: Teach About Asia, Learn About Asia
260  Bedford/St. Martin's: A New Interpretation for a New Generation
316   Organization for American History: Become an OAH Member Today


Allison L. Baer (Ph.D., Kent State University) is a former middle school teacher and is currently an Associate Professor of Reading at the University or Findlay, where she uses a blend of informational and fiction texts in all of her teaching. Her research interests include content area reading and supporting the needs of those who struggle with reading comprehension.

Mauricio Castro was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. He received his B.A. in History from Vassar College in 2003. He has since received an M.A. in American History from Purdue University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at that same university. His dissertationfocuses on the urban development of Miami in the decades following the arrival of the first Cuban exiles in 1959. His professional interests include political economy, gender, nationalism, and popular culture.

Dominique Daniel holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Paris 7 (France) and a Master of Science of Information from the University of Michigan. She is currently Assistant Professor and Instruction Librarian at Oakland University. She has published books and articles about U.S. immigration policy and about the history of libraries and archives. She is actively involved in the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association.

Alicia C. Decker is an Assistant Professor of History and Women's Studies at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in Women's Studies from Emory University in 2007. Her research and teaching interests include post-colonial African history; gender and militarization; armed conflict and forced migration; oral history; and global feminisms. She has recently published essays about teaching in Perspectives on History and Narrating War and Peace in Africa, edited by Toyin Falola and Hetty ter Haar.

Victoria B. Fantozzi is an Assistant Professor in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her research interests are focused on teacher education, particularly on how the epistemological viewpoints and individual meaning making of both students and teachers affect teacher education.

Alexander Karn received his Ph.D. in History from the Claremont Graduate University in 2006. He is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Colgate University. He is the co-editor (with Elazar Barkan) of Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (Stanford University Press, 2006). His current work focuses on Holocaust commissions and the possibilities for historical reconciliation based on negotiated approaches to the past.

Alyson E. King earned her Ph.D. in the History of Education at the University of Toronto. She is a Lecturer in the faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, Canada). Her research interests include historical graphic novels, children's virtual worlds, and the history of education. She is currently chair of the Ontario Women's History Network.

Special Contributor

Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1929 and his Master of Arts degree from Columbia's Teachers College in 1931. Beyond the cartoons produced for the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II, Alston's artistic creations included numerous paintings, sculptures, and murals.

Charles Henry Alston, 1939 / Andrew Herman, photographer

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