As living products of the past, we engage our world based on our understanding of the forces that produced it. We go to work every day because we live in a society that requires us to do so in order to survive while it ties our social status to our occupations and wealth. We endure racist and sexist behavior from our peers because, historically, Americans have organized society into racial and sexual hierarchies. Our experiences and desires are, in many respects, produced by these forces.
As part of our ongoing effort to apply history to contemporary problems, we at The Activist History Review believe in the transformative power of education. As we learn about the world in which we live, we are better able to address its most pressing issues. This education resources section grows from that conviction. Contained, you will find “An Activist History Syllabus,” book reviews, and critiques of our institutions of higher education. These are designed both to explain how the past shapes our lives and to empower each of us to create a more just and equitable future.
We believe education is a community endeavor. It is the product of a community of educators and carries the potential to change our neighborhoods and nations. We hope you find these tools useful and, as we work to expand them, that you feel free to share your own expertise and ideas. In short, we want to welcome you to join our community and hope to help you navigate yours.