The OAH Magazine of History

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Rethinking the American Past

July 2013
Volume 27, No. 3

articles

A Perfect Storm and the U.S. History Survey,
by Laura M. Westhoff
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The Stories We Tell,
by Lendol Calder
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Using E Pluribus Unum as a Narrative Framework for the U.S. History Survey,
by Rob Good
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Designing a Question-Driven U.S. History Course,
by David J. Voelker and Anthony Armstrong
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Choose Your Own Adventure,
by Flannery Burke
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Redesigning Advanced Placement U.S. History,
by Lawrence Charap
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Teaching History Online: Challenges and Opportunities,
by Kelly Schrum and Nate Sleeter
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The History Survey Project: Improving Introductory History Courses,
by Keith A. Erekson
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on the cover

Thomas Nast criticized the discriminatory policies of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act with his cartoon “E Plurbus Unum (Except the Chinese).” Contributor Rob Good utilizes the concept of E Plurbus Unum (from many one) as a framework for his U.S. history classes. While such a narrative framework has limitations, most notably with regard to international relations, it nevertheless provides a useful way to discuss how diverse groups within American society have worked together to achieve their shared goals. Read more about Rob Good’s experience using E Plurbus Unum in a classroom setting beginning on page 11. Reprinted from the April 1, 1882, issue of Harper’s Weekly.