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A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of U.S. History (1998)
Page: 176pp
ISBN: 0325000611
Description: In his first book, James Percoco seeks to push teachers and students to look beyond the pages of a history textbook and examine history through the lens of applied history. Through the various techniques tried and tested in his own classroom, he demonstrates how teachers can inspire thier students to have a passion for the past.(Paraphrased from the Heinemann Press website)
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Divided We Stand: Teaching about Conflict in U.S. History (2001)
Page: 235pp
ISBN: 0325003297
Description: Divided We Stand is meant to present teachers with options and tools to discuss controversial and sensitive topics in U.S. history classes. This book describes, through the latest methodology and pedagogy, how teachers can challenge their students while exploring historical themes such as gender, race, and civil rights which remain relvant in today's society. .
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Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments
(Published March 2008 from Fordham University Press)

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"[Summers with Lincoln is] a unique and inspiring story….part iconographical history and part travelogue; it allows modern readers again to understand—to feel—the power of these silent monuments." --Harold Holzer, author of Lincoln at Cooper Union and winner of the Lincoln Prize

Description: In his third book, Jim Percoco examines many of the nearly 200 memorials erected in the memory of Abraham Lincoln as part of a quest to learn what these monuments meant when they were unveiled, mean to the nation today, and to him.This book is the first in 50 years to explore Lincoln sculpture within the construct of post Civil Rights America.

Summers with Lincoln gives a tantalizing and far different look at Abraham Lincoln than ever before, while prodding the reader to question assumptions about Lincoln, civic commemoration, American civil religion, collective memory and mythology.


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Doing What I Do (February 2009, OAH Newsetter 37)

Read about Jim's Applied History Class in The Washington Post:
From Lincoln to Obama: 2008 Election Provides a Valuable Link to the Past for Fairfax History Class

Marble Angel Mourns 3 Brothers, (The Washington Times, January 8, 2009)

Hawaii's Aloha to the 16th President (The Washington Times, November 27, 2008)

Public Sculptures of Abraham Lincoln, American Art Review. (Volume Twenty, Number 4 July-August 2008)

Heroism Preserved in Artwork (The Washington Times, April 12, 2008)

Sculpture and Public History: My Summer with Lincoln (October 2003, An Occasional Paper with the National Council for HIstory Educaton)

An Applied History Course: Cruising with Clio Car (February 1996, National Council for History Education: Ideas, Notes and News about History, Vol.8 No. 6)

History in the Making: The Development of a High School History Applied History Program (September/October 1993, History News Vol 18 No 5)

On the Trail of the Underground Railroad An NEH Landmarks Grant (August 2007, OAH Newsetter 35)

Sculptor's Lasting Fame rests on Lincoln's Life Mask (The Washington Times, August 4, 2007)

Another Page in Lincoln's History (Washington Times, June 9, 2007) [686 KB]
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A Lincoln Pilgrimage (August 2006 OAH Newsletter 34)

A March Between the Past and the Future (May 2005 OAH Newsletter)

Monumental Experiences: A Classroom Application of American Sculpture (Spring 1992, OAH Magazine of History 6)