“Perspectives on America’s Wars”: Special Double Issue of History Now Is Available

New York, NY (April 9, 2012) — A special double issue of History Now  has just been released to celebrate the launch of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s new website: www.gilderlehrman.org. In this exciting, thirty-first edition of History Now entitled “Perspectives on America’s Wars,” a broad range of content focuses on one of the central themes in America’s national history: the causes and consequences of war.

This issue of History Now features eleven essays that explore the United States’ involvement in 300 years of national and international conflicts. The authors discuss disputes ranging from the imperial rivalries between the French and English in America, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, to the battle of the Alamo, Antietam, war in the Philippines, World Wars I and II, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, and the modern-day Operation Desert Storm.

“Perspectives on America’s Wars” also incorporates an innovative Interactive feature that allows readers to explore, up-close, war coverage in a historic newspaper. The clips from the Columbian Centinel, a Boston newspaper published on September 5, 1812, reveal New Englanders’ concerns over the United States’ declaration of war on Great Britain. Viewers can pull up different articles within the newspaper with introductory text and a scrolling feature that enables the reader to study the document text in detail.

Edited by celebrated historian Carol Berkin, History Now is an indispensable online journal for history teachers and students. Essays are accompanied by suggested print and online readings as well as links to primary resources from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and archives throughout the nation, presented by Mary-Jo Kline, History Now’s archivist.

An integral part of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s promotion of the study and love of American history, all issues of History Now are available for free to classrooms at www.gilderlehrman.org/historynow.

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features the 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection, www.gilderlehrman.org. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.