The American Historian

Loss and Learning

The December 2020 of The American Historian issue features an article on how the current disruption to school and learning compares to other learning disruptions in the past and a reflective essay on writing an obituary of a dear loved one. The issue also includes an article that details how to write a digital dissertation, a teaching piece on creating a collaborative writing assignment for online classes, and an essay that discusses why the OAH should change the name of a book award.

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Table of Contents


“We Made the Best Out of a Situation That Was Bad”: School Closings in Modern American Education

Karen Dunak and Shannon Smith


Writing My Mother's Obituary

Alexander Olson

The Digital Edge

Beyond the PDF: Navigating the Digital Dissertation

Jeri E. Wieringa

The Craft of Teaching

Building Community Online with Collaborative Writing

Mart Stewart


The Historical Profession

Those We Honor, and Those We Don’t: The Case for Renaming an OAH Book Award

David Varel

OAH Executive Board Action

OAH Executive Board Action

OAH Executive Board

From the President

To Form a More Perfect Union

George J. Sánchez


Clio's Kudos

OAH News Items