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Vicki Ruiz Selected as a 2015 National Women's History Month Honoree

Vicki Ruiz, Educator and Pioneer in Latina History, has been named an Honoree for National Women's History Month for 2015. Her achievements will be recognized and celebrated by the National Women's History Project on March 28, 2015 at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Each year, March is designated as National Women's History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The 2015 theme for National Women's History Month, Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives presents the opportunity to weave women's stories – individually and collectively – into the essential fabric our nation's history.

Vicki Ruiz was the first in her family to receive any advanced degree, earning a Ph.D in History at Stanford in 1982. Two months later she showed up for her first teaching position with a baby on her hip and another on the way. Over the course of three decades, Ruiz has been a major force in shaping the field of Chicana history.

In 2012, when she became the first Latina historian inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, for her ...pioneering scholarship and leadership. ...Skillfully blending insights from the history of women, of workers, and from the arena of ethnic studies...she inspired a generation of students and scholars to think seriously about how the examination of one large and complicated ethnic group can help us understand U.S. history writ large."

Over three decades, Dr. Ruiz has published over fifty essays and a dozen books including Cannery Women, Cannery Lives and From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth- Century America. Her edited collections include Unequal Sisters: An Inclusive Reader in U.S. Women's History and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. . Ruiz, explains: "I have had the privilege of interviewing people whose quiet courage made a difference in their lives and in their communities."

Dr. Ruiz has contributed to numerous public history projects, including documentaries, museum exhibits, and oral history programs. She is President-elect of the American Historical Association.
The National Women's History Project is proud to honor Dr. Ruiz's scholarship and leadership which has been pivotal in recognizing the importance of women's history as essential to the fabric of our national story.

For more information contact: The National Women's History Project by going to www.nwhp.org or call (707) 636-2888

Historical Organizations React to the AP U.S. History Debate


In recent months, the newly developed framework for the Advanced Placement (AP) in U.S. History exam issued by the College Board has sparked an unexpected controversy. The AP U.S. History exam is meant to provide high school students who have already displayed an advanced level of knowledge in the subject the opportunity to earn college credit at many institutions.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) recently adopted a resolution criticizing the revised versions of the framework and exam, and went so far as to demand a congressional investigation into its development. In addition, conservative organizations have joined the chorus and are engaging in grass roots opposition to the AP framework and exam at the state and local levels. State boards of education are being asked to delay implementation of the exam or scrap it altogether.

The opponents maintain that the teaching of "traditional" American history—e.g., the contributions of the Founding Fathers, and the theme of American exceptionalism—are being deemphasized in the framework in favor of so-called "revisionist history" that paints America in a negative light, rather than emphasizing the iconic "City Upon a Hill" of John Winthrop.

To read Lee White's AP US History Debate article in full, go to: http://www.oah.org/programs/news/historical-organizations-react-to-the-ap-u.s-history-debate/

The OAH Strongly Urges Support of the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014

The Organization of American Historians strongly urges support of S. 2712, the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act of 2014, recently sponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois to allow adjunct, contingent and other part-time faculty to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.


The Organization of American Historians, a professional society representing more than 7,800 historians working in the United States and abroad, affirms that S. 2712 constitutes good public policy for all of higher education, including the history discipline.  As it currently stands, the PSLF program encourages graduating students to apply for and continue to work full-time in public service jobs.  After making 120 payments (10 years of student loan payments) graduates may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program while employed full-time by selected public service employers in such careers as the military, public education, public health and law enforcement.  Many full-time faculty at public universities and some part-time faculty at community colleges qualify for the loan forgiveness program as it was originally passed. 

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Resolution of Appreciation to the Journal of American History

The Association for Documentary Editing passed a resolution of appreciation commending the Journal of American History for its support of the field of documentary editing. The Association thanks the Journal of American History for providing their members with important peer reviews of the work they do.

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