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The Concord Review

Format(s): Website

Topic(s): Analyze Models

Audience: Students Educators

The Concord Review, founded in March 1987, is a unique quarterly academic journal at the secondary level that has published over 100 issues with more than 1,000 exemplary high school history research papers by students from 44 states and 40 other countries. 

It is the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic work of secondary students.

The founder of The Concord Review is William H. Fitzhugh, a Harvard graduate who taught history for a decade at Concord-Carlisle High School in Massachusetts. His exacting standards have won the admiration of Harvard’s Dean of Admissions, and the past president of the American Federation of Teachers, Albert Shanker, who before his death in 1997 extolled the review in at least two newspaper columns. He wrote, “There are probably teachers who don’t believe their students are capable of putting together a decent paragraph. The Concord Review shows them how much our students are capable of.”

Fitzhugh states “the pursuit of academic excellence in secondary schools should be given the same attention as the pursuit of excellence in sports and other extracurricular activities, and we have found that many students do exemplary work in history.”

The Concord Review is found at Teachers and school libraries can purchase subscriptions to the journal here. The site also features a wide selection of previously published essays by recipients of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize winners that are available for anyone to download free of charge.

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