Profile: Jim Cullen

Chair of History

Jim Cullen is chair of the History Department of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York.
Author of ten books, including 'Born in the USA: Bruce Springsteen and the American Tradition'
The American Dream: A Short History of an Idea that Shaped a Nation
and 'Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Misadventure and Triumph'.

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The Secret Life Of Teaching: #1 Identity Politics

In which we finesse the occupational hazard of keeping student names straight.
My name is Horace Dewey, and I am a high school history teacher at the East Hudson School in New York City. Actually, no—in fact my name is not Horace Dewey, though I really am a high school history teacher (East Hudson is fictive).
Because I have the privacy of students to protect, names and situations have been changed. I have also resorted to outright invention in a few cases, though everything I describe is rooted in more than a quarter-century’s experience of classroom teaching. My credibility lies in the truth of my storytelling. H.D.
The Secret Life of Teaching, #1 (first published at the History News Network).

Category: For Teachers

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July 4th & The American Dream In Uncertain Times

There’s not much history in our holidays these days. For most Americans, they’re vehicles of leisure more than remembrance. Labor Day means barbecues; Washington’s Birthday (lumped together with Lincoln’s) is observed as a presidential Day of Shopping. Independence Day fares a little better. Most Americans understand it marks the birth of their national identity, and it’s significant enough not to be moved around to the first weekend of July.
Dreams have never been the exclusive property of any individual or group of people. But never had a place been explicitly constituted to legitimate human aspiration in a new and living way.

Category: History

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