U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) Grant

Posted by Community Relations on 8/20/2014

The district's U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) Grant completed its final year with a field study week at the University of California at Berkeley. A slate of outstanding scholars lectured the group on "Power and Protest in the Midcentury," at the very campus that was the site of the iconic 1960's Free Speech Movement.

The professors who addressed the group, and their topics, were: Mark Brilliant, Berkeley, on civil rights in the west; Ruth Rosen, UC Davis, on the women's movement; Albert Camarillo, Stanford, on Chavez and the United Farm Workers; Alice Yang, UC Santa Cruz, on reparations for the Japanese American internment; Estelle Freedman, Stanford, on the gay rights movement; and Robert Cohen, New York University, on the protests at Berkeley.

Professor Freedman's lecture took place at the San Francisco Public Library, followed by an hour in the library's Gay Rights archive, which holds the Harvey Milk papers; the teachers then had a historic tour of the Castro district.

Professor Cohen brought with him Tom Hayden, founder of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), to address the group. Hayden honored the PUHSD social studies teachers by noting that student activism was now playing out in our very own city and District, and asking the teachers how they were addressing that civic learning opportunity with their students. The teachers' responses were gratifying to him, and he complimented the group on their work.

The TAH cadre of 28 teachers has pledged to continue its work informally. They will be presenting their work in two sessions at the National Council for the Social Studies in Boston in November, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History will be publishing dozens of their lessons on the southwest and Latino history.