Welcome to History Hub, a nonprofit digital textbook with chapters covering 1492-2019, roughly the period on the one-year Cosmic Calendar between 11:59:58 and midnight on December 31st. Those two seconds correspond to 500+ fascinating, tragic, and triumphant years of American history that you must engage to become a serious citizen. History sheds essential light and perspective on voting, debating, working, consuming, selling, raising families, relating with others, and imagining the future. History provides context, the key to understanding the present and future. Without seeing a bigger picture, we can’t understand why things happen or know what to do next any more than we can grasp the plot of a movie from a still frame. We’re no better off as a society than a person with amnesia and don’t grasp that there’s nothing inevitable about the present. Virtually everything is historically contingent. When navigating the present, answers are often found in the past. Employers report that, while they appreciate practical training, they also want graduates who can think and write. We’ll do both in this course. We’ll consider all the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, and why), but we’re most concerned with the last: why — that’s when you move beyond facts to interpretation. The History Hub textbook chapters present an unvarnished look at American history and analyze interpretive controversies. They support 1301 & 1302 survey courses at Austin Community College and guidelines of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and American Historical Association discipline core. Also on tap are free lectures, maps, videos, podcasts, newspaper archives, timelines, Census stats, and sites where top thinkers write and argue about the past.
Grade Level: Lower-Division College
Minimum: 2GB Memory, Broadband Connection, Browser, Anti-Virus Software, Speaker Recommended
History Hub (2012-2020) by Cameron Addis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
All chapter images are public domain. They are intended for educational use only. History Hub meets WCAG Guidelines. PDF Chapter Copies in Blackboard are available in audio (MP3) and Braille (electronic BRF).