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Volume 45, No. 1
November 2011

Cover: Blast Furnace, Donora, PA, c. 1940s.

Photograph from the Donora Museum Digital Collection--Smoke and Smog Gallery, California University of Pennsylvania,

The mines, mills,and manufacturing plants that dot our landscapes often were established following negotiations between industrial corporate bodies and assorted governmental bodies, in conjunction with--or in the absence of--existing legislation. Industrial sites in Donora, Pennsylvania, such as the American Steel and Wire Company's "blast furnace" featured in this photograph, contributed to an air pollution crisis in 1948 that claimed 21 lives and marked an important historical turning point in corporate, government, and citizen diplomacy, affecting the course of debates over economic, environmental, and public health concerns.

Gabe Schroeder presents a historical illustration of the Donora experience and similar incidents in "'Just Plain Murder': Public Debate and Corporate Diplomacy in Donora's Fight for Clean Air," which begins on page 93.

The History Teacher
Volume 45, No. 1
November 2011

Front Matter | Back Matter


Teaching the Great War through Peace
  by Catherine K. Shortell and Troy R. E. Paddock   (pp. 9-24)


Teaching and Learning Competent Historical Documentary Making: Lessons from National History Day Winners
  by Bruce R. Fehn and James E. Schul   (pp. 25-43)

The Value of Writing "How-to" Books in High School World History and Geography Class
  by Kathryn Jones and Peggy Daisey   (pp. 45-64)

The Book Project: Engaging History Majors in Undergraduate Research
  by Robert P. Stephens, Kathleen W. Jones, and Mark V. Barrow, Jr.   (pp. 65-80)


How Histories Begin: A Note on the Writing of Openings
  by D. M. Leeson   (pp. 81-89)


  by Jane Dabel, The History Teacher   (pp. 91-92)

"Just Plain Murder": Public Debate and Corporate Diplomacy in Donora's Fight for Clean Air
  by Gabe Schroeder, Senior Division   (pp. 93-116)

That Settles It: The Debate and Consequences of The Homestead Act of 1862
  by Hannah L. Anderson, Junior Division   (pp. 117-137)


Full Reviews Section   (pp. 139-155)

Blom, Philipp. A Wicked Company: The Forgotten Radicalism of the European Enlightenment
  by Robert H. Blackman

Bowman, Shearer Davis. At the Precipice: Americans North and South during the Secession Crisis
  by John H. Monnett

Charpin, Dominique. Writing, Law, and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
  by John P. Nielsen

Dennis, Matthew. Seneca Possessed: Indians, Witchcraft, and Power in the Early American Republic
  by Thomas J. Lappas

Lepore, Jill. The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History
  by Robert Shaffer

Loveman, Brian. No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776
  by Micah Wright

May, Elaine Tyler. America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation
  by Barbara Winslow

Rabe, Stephen G. John F. Kennedy: World Leader
  by David Neumann

Richardson, Heather Cox. Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre
  by Angela Firkus

Smale, Robert L. "I Sweat the Flavor of Tin": Labor Activism in Early Twentieth-Century Bolivia
  by Angus Wright

Smith, Catherine and Elizabeth Pleck. Love of Freedom: Black Women in Colonial and Revolutionary New England
  by Jon E. Purmont

Snyder, Timothy. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
  by Joshua First

Warren, Adam. Medicine and Politics in Colonial Peru: Population Growth and the Bourbon Reforms
  by Jose Mendez


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Hannah L. Anderson is 13 years old and attends eighth grade at Thomas Edison Charter School in North Logan, Utah. She began competing in the National History Day program in sixth grade and quickly found that she enjoyed the challenge of writing historical research papers. She is particularly interested in researching nineteenth-century American history. She is grateful for the research and writing skills she has learned from this experience. She plans to become a marine biologist.

Mark V. Barrow, Jr. is a Professor and Chair of History at Virginia Tech and author of Nature's Ghost: Confronting Extinction from the Age of Jefferson to the Age of Ecology.

Peggy Daisey is a Professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Bruce R. Fehn (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, American History) is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Social Studies Education at the University of Iowa. Fehn's publications have appeared in the Journal of Women's History, Labor History, Theory and Research in Social Education, and elsewhere. Presently, he is investigating whether and how desktop documentary making provides a medium through which special education students might compose warranted, source-based accounts of past events or developments.

Kathleen W. Jones is an Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech and author of Taming the Troublesome Child: American Families, Child Guidance, and the Limits of Psychiatric Authority.

Kathryn Jones is a Teacher of Social Studies at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

D. M. Leeson is an Assistant Professor of Modern European History at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His first book, The Black and Tans: British Police and Auxiliaries in the Irish War of Independence, 1920-1, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

Troy R. E. Paddock (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley) is a Professor of EuropeanHistory at Southern Connecticut State University. He has taught courses in Western Civilization, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe, and historical methodology. He has published on propaganda and the First World War.

Gabe Schroeder is a student at St. Joseph High School in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, and placed first in the Senior Division of the 2011 National History Day Historical Paper Competition.

James E. Schul (Ph.D., University of Iowa, Social Studies Education) is an Assistant Professor of Education at Ohio Northern University. Schul has published articles in The International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, THEN, The Social Studies, and elsewhere. He is currently studying how and why desktop documentary making is employed by history teachers in a general education setting.

Catherine K. Shortell earned her B.S. in History and Secondary Education in 2009 at Southern Connecticut State University, where she completed her honors thesis in modern German History under the advisement of Dr. Troy Paddock. Currently, she teaches Contemporary Global Issues and Technology in Wallingford Adult Education's High School Credit Diploma program, and she is designing the curricula for Twentieth-Century Global History and History of Technology.

Robert P. Stephens is an Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech and author of Germans on Drugs: The Complications of Modernization in Hamburg.

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