"Cover Story" piece on "Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past" by Am
"Cover Story" piece on "Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past" by Amy Hassinger, a new textbook on Maine history for middle-school students. Published by the University of Maine Press, the book is expected to be available in early October. "Finding Katahdin" is something of a godchild to "Maine: The Pine Tree State," published by the UMaine Press in 1995. History professors Joel Eastman and Richard Judd and others created the text for their college history courses and, with the book's royalties, they hoped to create a second history text for the middle-school level to replace the outdated "Dirigo," which was published in 1980. Hassinger has done what Eastman and Judd had envisioned, but in writing "Finding Katahdin," she completely rethought Eastman and Judd's planned process. Her book approaches the teaching of history from a unique angle. It includes fictional dialogue between and among historical figures, and it is organized into four units that respond to one of four open-ended questions: Is war inevitable? Are we free? Economy or environment, which comes first? And what is the character of Maine?
Wolfe, Brendan, ""Cover Story" piece on "Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past" by Am" (2001). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 5474.