Why Teach History?

A Website for James L. Smith

Jim’s Books and Other Publications

Ideas That Shape a Nation
A supplemental textbook for high school students in U.S. history and government classes. The book was published as a paperback edition in 2000 and will soon be available as an iBook for iPad.

Catherine's Son
A fictionalized account of the life of Henry McCarty, telling the [possibly] true story of his life during the years before he became known as the notorious outlaw Billy the Kid.

Skipper Hall
A first-person narrative of the life of Bryan "Skipper" Hall, a Methodist Minister in New Mexico for almost fifty years. Skipper Hall was born in 1896 and died in 1989, leaving behind several generations of church goers influenced by his humanitarianism and good will.

Flash Back
A baby boomer's guide to talking about something other than declining health and how the world is going to hell.

Articles and Essay Published by James L. Smith
  • “Reflexology: A Personal Story,” published in Reflexology Today, Volume 16, Number 2, Winter 2009
  • Why Teach History?” published in Historical Times, Volume 2, Number 2, November/December 2008 (Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA)
  • "Reflexology: A Personal Story," published in Healthy U, Volume 2, Issue 11, November 2008
  • “Review of I Wished I'd Been There by Byron Hollinshead,” published in The Journal of Southern History, Volume 74, May 2008
  • “Testimonial: You Are Who You Pretend to Be,” published in Acting Lessons for Teachers: Using Performance Skills in the Classroom (Second Edition), Tauber, Robert T. and Mester, Cathy Sargent. Praeger (Westport, CT: 2006) pp. 206-207
  • “Eliminating the DBQ Time Period,” published by AP Central, May 2002
  • “Scheduling AP Classes in a 4X4 Block Schedule,” published in Phi Delta Kappan, November 2000. (co-authored with Del Hansen and Marilyn Gutman)

More to come …

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