On October 16, 2018, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in San Antonio on pivotal U.S. presidential elections from the beginning of the Progressive Era to post-war America.
The workshop covered the presidential elections of 1896, 1912, 1932, and 1948. Topics addressed included the advent of the Progressive Era, the impact of third parties, the Great Depression, the New Deal, and post-war America.
The workshop emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.
Workshop faculty included Karl Rove (author and columnist), David Crockett (Trinity University), George C. Edwards III (Texas A&M University), and Jeffrey A. Engel (Southern Methodist University).
The workshop was made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and a Humanities in the Public Square grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.