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."
Since 2004, the Gilder Lehrman Institute has presented awards to the best history teachers in the United States. Together with our partners Preserve America and HISTORY, we award 53 winners from US states and territories and one national winner each year. In this video, partners describe the award—and why it matters.
New York University historian Nicole Eustace discusses the “tempest of emotion” that swept through the Age of Reason, epitomized by the earliest call for a full break between the American colonies and Great Britain, Thomas Paine’s passionate Common Sense.