Traditional historical study focuses on great figures and significant events as the determinant causes in the human history. Social history, on the other hand, focuses on those people often absent from the historic record because of oppression, poverty, rebellion, or marginalization. It seeks to reveal those people who have lived and witnessed history, but, because of their place in society, have been hidden from traditional study (consider the Annales School of Historical Thinking). Ultimately, social history references the common man’s experiences as a means of exploring how groups of people and small instances of cultural resistance or compliance can effect major historical developments.
American History offers you a great opportunity to practice original research. By conducting research that connects the historical events and concepts you've learned about throughout your course of study, your place within our history will become evident. In your work, you will explore your historical place through the practices of:p>
|Archaeology||...the study of past cultures and the way people lived based on the things they left behind.|
|Chronology||...the study of historical events in time and sequence.|
|Geneaology||...the study of families and lineages in history.|
|Oral History||...the study of historical evidenced gathered through eye-witness/participant interview.|
"The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners."
~A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn