African American Heritage & Ethnography Key Concepts: Learning Resources Center—Further Reading

National Park Service Historical Themes

  1. Peopling Places
  2. Creating Social institutions and Movements
  3. Expressing Cultural Values
  4. Shaping the Political Landscape
  5. Developing the American Economy
  6. Expanding Science and Technology
  7. Transforming the Environment
  8. Changing Role of the United States in the World Community

The framework draws upon the work of scholars across disciplines to provide a structure for capturing the complexity and meaning of human experience and for understanding that past in coherent, integrated ways. For purposes of organization, the following outline, like the diagram, provides eight seemingly discrete categories, but they are not meant to be mutually exclusive. Cutting across and connecting the eight categories are three historical building blocks: people, time, and place.