I love history. Everything about history. I teach history. I read about history. I live in a house built in 1825. I drag my family to history sites. When I am bored, I think about old stuff.
But, really, what we do in this class is use American history as a medium by which to develop better thinking, writing, and analytical skills. Students will have to learn history. But we will spend an inordinate amount of time learning how to do so. Those skills are more important to me rather than a person's ability to recall twenty years from now who was elected President in 1852 (Franklin Pierce, a Democrat from New Hampshire). We focus on historical narratives, allowing the story and the implications of the past to play out.
I am looking forward to a fantastic year.