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Barbara Franco, 2006 Chair of the AASLH, shares some “a-ha” moments of her career as they pertain to the mission and goals of AASLH.

She describes the realizations which have brought her to her current thinking of the field having a responsibility to reconnect history to the concept of citizenship and reintroduce historical literacy into education.

Without a long view of the past and an understanding of what has to come before, it is almost impossible to make good decisions about the present let alone the future.