This issue’s Teachers Talk is in three parts. The first part is our conversation with Mark Carnes, creator of Reacting to the Past (RTTP). The second part is a student reflection about RTTP, written by Courtney Klaus, who attends Newman University in Kansas and has participated in several RTTP games. The third part is Jason D. Martinek’s experience using RTTP in his course “Progressivism” at New Jersey City University.

Carnes joined the History Department at Barnard College in 1982. He has published Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America (1989) and coauthored the popular American history textbook, American Nation: A History of the United States, now in its 15th edition. In addition, he served as general editor of the American National Biography (1999). It has been nearly twenty-five years since he first developed the concept of RTTP.

The RTTP website explains its goals this way:

RTTP is now...

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