ReVisioning American History for Young People

Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Disability and Disability History and the Western History Association

Friday, April 3, 2020, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: African American; LGBTQ History and Queer Studies; Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples


Consisting of accessibly written history books by notable scholars, ReVisioning American History for Young People reconstructs and reinterprets Un.S. history from diverse perspectives, including indigenous peoples, LGBTQ, African American, and people with disabilities, among others. How do we bridge the gap of so-called radical interpretations of history in the academy to public school education and the general public? As conservative treatment of U.S. history in mainstream textbooks has been under scrutiny for decades, how do we creative more inclusive classrooms? This panel will address issues around making these histories accessible to a readership that extends far beyond the academy.

Session Participants

Chair: Joanna Green, Beacon Press
Joanna Green joined Beacon in 2005 and previously worked for New Moon Magazine. She acquires narrative nonfiction with an emphasis on social justice in the areas of economic justice, labor and business, law and society, disability, sports, and activism. She also develops YA editions of books in the “ReVisioning American History” series.

Panelist: Michael Bronski, Harvard University
Michael Bronski has been involved in gay liberation as a political organizer, writer, and editor for more than four decades. The author of several award-winning books, including A Queer History of the United States, he coauthored “You Can Tell Just by Looking”: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, and most recently, Considering Hate with Kay Whitlock. Bronski is Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Panelist: Roxanne Amanda Dunbar-Ortiz, California State University East Bay
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco.

Proposal Submitter Only: Alyssa Hassan, Beacon Press

Panelist: Jeanne Theoharis, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Jeanne Theoharis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the author or coauthor of seven books and numerous articles on the civil rights and Black Power movements, the politics of race and education, social welfare, and civil rights in post-9/11 America. Her widely acclaimed biography The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks won a 2014 NAACP Image Award and the Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, and appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers list.