On October 25, 2018, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in Austin on pivotal U.S. presidential elections in the second half of the twentieth century.
The workshop covered the elections of 1960, 1968, 1980, and 2000. Topics addressed included politics, parties, and realignments from 1960 to 2000, the rise of the Reagan Coalition, and the impact of technology on American politics.
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 David M. Oshinsky (New York University), Kyle Longley (LBJ Presidential Library), Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College), and George C. Edwards III (Texas A&M 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.