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Some Notable Jackdaw Historians

Carol Berkin – Earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University.  A Presidential Professor of American Colonial and Revolutionary History at Baruch College, she has worked as a consultant on several PBS and History Channel documentaries.  She serves on the Board of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Board of the National Council for History Education.  [Jackdaw - “Women in the American Revolution”]

Andrew Bronin – Published author of several books for young adults. [Jackdaws – California Gold Rush 1849”, “Remember the Maine!”, “The Depression”]

Miriam Butts and Patricia Heard – Ms. Butts is co-author of historical materials, a former lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and a founder and trustee of the Committee for the Historic Bostons Partnership (with Boston, England).  Ms. Heard is an accomplished writer and author who received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Art History from Harvard University. She has served on several societies including the Sandwich Historical Society and the New Hampshire Historical Society (1985-1988).  [Jackdaw – “The Early Industrialization of America: From Wharf to Waterfall”]  

E.R. Chamberlain – Published author of more than 30 non-fiction books, primarily dealing with European history.  [Jackdaws – “The Black Death”, “Martin Luther”]

Mary Stetson Clarke – Published author of several historical novels and works of non-fiction for young people. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in English Literature.  She worked with several newspapers and taught creative writing at the Boston Center for Adult Education. [Jackdaws – “Immigration in Colonial Times”, “Women’s Rights in the United States”]

James V. Compton – Published author of several books.  He has extensive teaching experience including positions at Cornell University, University of Munich, University of Maryland, University of London, and Trinity College, Connecticut.  He was Konrad Adenauer Fellow at the University of Munich and chairman of the program in North American Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  He acted as a consultant on American topics for the B.B.C and lectured throughout Europe.  [Jackdaw – “The New Deal”]

James A. Crutchfield – Published author of many books on American history, including 19 historical non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles.  His writing career focused on the early frontier and the American West.  He was the 2011 recipient of the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in Western history and literature. [Jackdaws - “The First Transcontinental Railroad”, “French & Indian War”, “Lewis & Clark Expedition: 1804 - 1806”, “Mountain Men and the Fur Trade”, “The Santa Fe Trail”, “Spanish-American War”, “World War I: 1914 - 1918”, “Labor Movement in America”, “Korean War”] 

Dr. Louis De Vorsey, Jr. – Earned a Ph.D. in Historical Geography from the University of London. He is Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of Georgia.  A noted researcher and authority in applied geography and geographic history, he has written numerous books and articles including Keys to the Encounter (for the Library of Congress), an annotated guide to the Library’s resources on the Age of Exploration.  [Jackdaw – “Columbus & the Age of Explorers”] 

Carol Donoughue – Published author (“The Story of Writing”, “The Mystery of the Hieroglyphs”, “In-service: the Teacher and the School”).  [Jackdaw – “The Development of Writing”]

Muriel L. Dubois – Published author of more than 30 books for children and young adults. She  writes on U.S. history, world history, non-fiction, and historical non-fiction, as well as themes for Social Studies units.  Ms. Dubios has adapted many high school level Jackdaws for use at the middle school level.   Some of her work for Jackdaws includes “Columbus  & Explorers Come to the New World”, “Cold War and the Super Powers”, “Struggle for Black Voting Rights”, and “Pilgrims and the Mayflower”.

Sir Martin Gilbert – A leading historian of the modern world and Winston Churchill’s official biographer. He has authored 82 books and is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan.  [Jackdaw - “Coming of War: 1939”]

Robyn Hallowell Griswold and Audrey Green Rogers – Wrote “Cooperative Learning Basics: Strategies and Lessons for U.S. History Teachers”.  Ms. Griswold's Jackdaws include “The Presidency”, “Dred Scott Decision”, “Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka”, “Jamestown Colony”, “Erie Canal”, and “Louisiana Purchase and its Legacy”.  Ms. Rogers' Jackdaws include “Trail of Tears”, “Yellow Journalism”, “Chinese Exclusion Acts: 1882-1943”, “Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott”.

William C. Hine – Received his Ph.D. from Kent State University.  He taught at Purdue University and currently is a professor of history at South Carolina State University.  He is a published author (“The African-American Odyssey”, “African-Americans, A Concise History”) and has had articles published in several journals, including Agricultural History, Labor History, and the Journal of Southern History.  [Jackdaw – “Slavery in the United States”]

Leona Hiraoka and Ken Masugi – Ms. Hiraoka is Associate Managing Editor of The New Republic in Washington, D.C., an Editor for The Wilson Quarterly, and Vice-President of the Washington chapter of Asian American Journalists Association.  Her grandfather served as an interpreter for the U.S. Army during World War II.  Mr. Masugi earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from The New School for Social Research and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne.  [Jackdaw – “Japanese-American Internment”]

David Jefferies – Received a MA in Writing from the Univ. of Massachusetts.  He was a teacher for 15 years and an educational freelance writer.  He has written curriculum for textbooks and thematic units. [Jackdaws – “World War II: The Home Front”, “The Vietnam War”]  

David Johnson – Published author of more than 40 books.  [Jackdaws – “The American Revolution”, “The Civil War”, “Alfred the Great”]

Robert Lacey – This British historian is noted for his original research.  He received his M.A. from Cambridge University and began his career as a journalist.  He is the author of numerous books and historical biographies, including international bestsellers.  He also wrote a documentary for PBS in 2009.  [Jackdaws – “The Rise of Napoleon”, “The French Revolution”]

Milton Meltzer – American historian and author best known for his non-fiction books on Jewish, African-American, and American history.  He wrote biographies of Thomas Jefferson and Langston Hughes.  He is one of the leading authors of history books in the children’s literature and young-adult literature genres.  He acted as an adjunct professor at U. Mass - Amherst and a lecturer at universities both in the United States and in England.  [Jackdaws - “Reconstruction”, “The Mexican-American War”]

William Phillips – Earned a MA in History from Bowling Green University and studied at Yad Vashem Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem. A National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow he is currently a senior lecturer on the adjunct faculty at Tiffin University.  [Jackdaw – “The Holocaust”]

Adriane Ruggiero – Published author and writer whose interests include history, international affairs, and the arts.  Her 1997 book about The Balkans was published by a division of Simon & Schuster.  She is also a contributor to several major reference works.  [Jackdaws – “Byzantine Empire”, “The Crusades”]

Rebecca Spears Schwartz – Educational writer, poet, and former educator, Ms. Schwaretz's Social Studies and Language Arts materials are used in schools around the nation. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.  Her published works have appeared in several anthologies and journals.  [Jackdaws – “Story of the Declaration of Independence”, “Story of the Constitution”, “Texas: A Lone Star History”, “The Stock Market Crash of 1929”, “Rationing In World War II”]

Christine Brendel Scriabine – Earned a Ph.D. in Education and is an independent historian who specializes in creating museum exhibits and writing historical texts for students.  She was a political consultant for the Museum of American Political Life at Hartford University. Ms Scriabine is a published author of essays, articles, and books for young adults.  [Jackdaws – “Manifest Destiny”, “Emancipation Proclamation”, “American Imperialism”, “Immigrants to a Growing Nation: 1800-1880”, “Immigration: 1870-1930”, “Triangle Shirtwaist Fire”, “Votes for Women: The Fight for Suffrage”, “Prohibition”, “Harlem Renaissance”, “1920s: America Enters the Modern Age”, “Modern Immigration”, “Electoral College”, “A History of Political Parties in America”, “Black Voting Rights: The Fight for Equality”, “Cuban Missile Crisis”]

Richard Tames – Published author of children's books and young adult books. He studied history at the University of Cambridge and earned his Master’s degree at Birkbeck College, London. He teaches for Syracuse University’s London program.  [Jackdaws – “The Mayflower & The Pilgrim Fathers”, “The World of Islam”]

Richard B. Trask – Published author of several books about Salem, Massachusetts, including a documentary history. Mr. Trask is the town archivist of Danvers, Massachusetts (formerly known as Salem Village).  [Jackdaw – “Salem Village and the Witch Hysteria”]  


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