OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Andrea Sachs

Portrait of Andrea Sachs

Since 2000 Andrea Sachs has taught high school juniors and seniors at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in Minnesota, offering American history courses ranging from the introductory survey to seminars on historiography, U.S. women's history, and U.S. social movements. Her interest in feminist social welfare history as well as the welfare reform debates of the 1990s informed her dissertation, "The Politics of Poverty: Race, Class, Motherhood, and the National Welfare Rights Organization, 1965–1975." From 2013 to 2016 Sachs served as the first K–12 teacher elected to the OAH executive board.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

This lecture examines the persistence of mythologized versions of American families during the postwar era. It looks at the ways nostalgic renditions of postwar families offered a distorted but persistent "memory" of these families.
This lecture considers the challenges of crafting a coherent, engaging high school American history survey course. It pays particular attention to addressing pressing pedagogical and intellectual concerns in a political climate that has made high school survey courses a lightning rod in broader political debates. What role do survey courses play in students' emerging sense of themselves as citizens? How "celebratory" can and should such courses be? How do you turn information into knowledge in an era or smart phones?
This lecture considers the gendered dimensions of citizenship in American history. It illuminates both maternalist and feminist interpretations by looking at how reformers have advocated women's rights using arguments based on both difference and equality.