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Volume 43, No. 1
November 2009

Cover: This photograph of a young man scaling the United States/Mexico border fence near Brownsville, Texas, was uploaded to the Internet by a Wikipedia user in July 2009:

With the assistance of anonymous individuals throughout the world, Wikimedia Commons increased its online collection from over 3 million to nearly 5.5 million digitized, free use media files since last November's issue of The History Teacher.

The border fence featured in the picture is a contemporary example of the controversial physical barriers throughout history analyzed by Helmut Langerbein in "Great Blunders? The Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, and the Proposed United States/Mexican Border Fence," which begins on page nine of this issue.

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Volume 43, No. 1
November 2009

Front Matter | Back Matter


Great Blunders? The Great Wall of China, the Berlin Wall, and the Proposed United States/Mexican Border Fence
  by Helmut Langerbein   (pp. 9-29)

"Connecting the Dots": Munich, Iraq, and the Lessons of History
  by Peter Conolly-Smith   (pp. 31-51)


So Many Choices, So Little Time: Strategies for Understanding and Taking Multiple-Choice Exams in History
  by Robert Blackey   (pp. 53-66)


The Challenges of Primary Sources, Collaboration, and the K-16 Elizabeth Murray Project
  by Patricia Cleary and David Neumann   (pp. 67-86)


Preparing Student Teachers for a World History Curriculum in New York
  by Jacqueline Swansinger   (pp. 87-96)

Using Philosophical Liberalism and Philosophical Conservatism as an Organizing Theme in the First Half of the American History Survey
  by Richard J. Morris   (pp. 97-102)


  by Jane Dabel, The History Teacher   (pp. 103-104)

Cholera and the Pump on Broad Street: The Life and Legacy of John Snow
  by Laura Ball, Senior Division   (pp. 105-119)

Leader and Spokesman for a People in Exile: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce
  by Samvit Jain, Junior Division   (pp. 121-139)


Full Reviews Section   (pp. 141-155)

Anderson, Julie, dir. Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater
  by Eileen Luhr

Cook, James W., Lawrence B. Glickman, and Michael O'Malley, eds. The Cultural Turn in U.S. History: Past, Present and Future
  by Brett Mizelle

Critchlow, Donald T. and Nancy MacLean. Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present
  by Nicholas Katers

Guibert, Emmanuel. Alan's War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope
  by Linda Kelly Alkana

Hale, John R. Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy
  by Ryan Horne

Helfferich, Tryntje, ed. The Thirty Years War: A Documentary History
  by Mairi Cowan

McDonald, J. Fred. The History Shoppe
  by Marjorie Hunter

Miller, James Edward. The United States and the Making of Modern Greece: History and Power, 1950-1974
  by T. Michael Ruddy

Nicholas, David. The Northern Lands: Germanic Europe, c.1270-c.1500
  by Abbe Allen DeBolt

Rigg, Bryan Mark. Lives of Jewish Soldiers: Untold Tales of Men of Jewish Descent Who Fought for the Third Reich
  by Amy R. Sims

Sutherland, Daniel E. A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War
  by Randall M. Miller


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157   Questionnaire for Potential Reviewers
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Laura Ball is now a junior at the University School of Milwaukee. She attended the National History Day (NHD) competition with individual documentaries in 2006 and 2008. Her first historical paper for NHD became the prize-winning 2009 Senior Division entry. In addition to her historical studies, Laura also enjoys fiction writing and competing on her school's math team.

Robert Blackey (Ph.D., New York University, 1968), Professor of History at California State University, San Bernardino, is author/editor of articles and books on history teaching and learning, comparative revolutions, and British history. He has been vice president of the American Historical Association (Teaching Division), a long-time editor of the teaching column in the AHA's Perspectives, and Chief Reader and chair of the Test Development Committee for AP European history. He received the AHA's Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award (2001) and CSU's Wang Family Excellence Award (2003). Currently, he is the only non-arts member of the Steering Committee that is leading the College Board's national Task Force on the Arts in Education.

Patricia Cleary is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach, and author of Elizabeth Murray: A Woman's Pursuit of Independence in Eighteenth-Century America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2000). Dave Neumann is Director of the History Project, based at California State University, Long Beach, and former U.S. history teacher at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California.

Peter Conolly-Smith teaches American history at CUNY-Queens College in New York. He has published articles on war, immigration, ethnicity, theater, and film. His book, Translating America: An Immigrant Press Visualizes Popular American Culture, was published by the Smithsonian Press in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1996.

Samvit Jain is a student at Redmond Junior High School, where he enjoys researching and writing about historical and contemporary topics. In addition to historical subjects such as ancient history, American involvement in the Vietnam War, and the geopolitical and domestic forces that shaped that conflict, Samvit is interested in mathematics and the sciences, having participated in competitions since fourth grade. Outside of academics, his interests include guitar, piano, painting, traveling, biking, and soccer. Samvit hopes to have a profession as a physicist or an engineer.

Helmut Langerbein received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is the Chair of the History Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville and teaches classes in United States, European, and world history. His publications include Hitler's Death Squads: The Logic of Mass Murder and "The Power of Print: The West German Leaflet Propaganda Campaign, 1961-1972."

Richard Morris is Professor of History at Lycoming College. He received his Ph.D. from New York University. He has published articles on Revolutionary America in the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of Social History, and the New England Quarterly.

Jacqueline Swansinger is a Professor of History at SUNY Fredonia, an institution known for teacher education. Her work in world history teacher preparation dates to 1996, when Fredonia's history department undertook a world history track for social studies. In 2000, she worked as Project Investigator for "Establishing a Teaching Field," an NEH/College Board/World History Association grant to train world history teachers. Recently, she completed 18 months as interim associate vice-president for research and graduate studies.

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