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Cronon the Storyteller, part 1: All Greek to Me

One of the surprises in William Cronon’s magisterial AHA presidential address, “Storytelling,” was to learn of his early devotion to northern European epics: Anglo-Saxon and Norse sagas. You see, I had understood Nature’s Metropolis as a sort of Greek tragic cycle. In 2011, I even staged a production of chapter 4, “The Wealth of Nature.” I’ve posted the script for the record.

SPLC Makes Doubtful Curriculum Claims

The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a new report, Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States 2011, that claims that ” Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history.”

The report reaches this claim by comparing ” state standards and curriculum frameworks” to “the generally accepted core knowledge about the movement.” But I think the comparison could have been more thorough.
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Welcome to the latest version of my teaching website. These pages originally appeared on my personal domain: In the summer of 2010, I moved them to their own domain, using a WordPress installation on a shared hosting service. In March 2011, that site was hacked, and in trying to fix the damage, I broke WordPress. So I have now moved the site to, in the hopes that it will be more resistant to both hacking and to my own bumbling. As of this writing, I have not yet migrated all the pages, but I hope to complete that task soon. Wish me luck!

In addition to seeking greater reliability, I hope to do more blogging on this new site, covering ideas about the study and teaching of history.