Joshua Bill is the 2012 National History Teacher of the Year. Get to know Mr. Bill and some of his colleagues at Waukegan High School, in Waukegan, Illinois, where his work with students has made him, in the words of the school's social studies director, "one of the most beloved teachers in our institution."
Duke University historian Laurent Dubois discusses slavery, culture, and ideology in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, which upon the triumph of its revolution in 1804 became the nation of Haiti—the first and only nation established through a slave rebellion. He explores the widely divergent notions of freedom that developed in Haiti and the United States, and compares their deeply distinct declarations of independence—the first two such documents in world history.
New York University historian John Shovlin discusses the question of American influences on the French Revolution. Finding the American role “quite modest,” he describes the powerful forces at work within France that led to revolution in 1789.