‘Less Is More:’ Helping Students to See the Critical Shapes of American History

Tuesday 3:00 Room A-2

Presenter: James West Davidson, Textbook Author: The American Nation, After the Fact: the Art of Historical Detection and others

Too many students have the history knocked out of them by textbooks stuffed with names, dates and places. Sadly, there are substantial reasons why history is designed to be taught that way. Historian and textbook author James West Davidson, (most recently A Little History of the United States, Yale Press), explores how teaching less can reveal the critical contours of American history—the big picture—giving students the framework they need to master the facts.

Target Audience


  • Middle School
  • High School

Subject Area


  • U.S. History
  • Civics/Government