A.B., Fordham College; History, 1966
M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; American History; 1967
Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook; American History; 1973
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “The Emergence of Social Engineering in America, 1890-1925: An Essay in the History of the ‘New’ Middle Class”
Sample of Courses Taught
Undergraduate: Women and the American Experience, 19th Century America, Immigration and American History, 1815 to the Present
John F. McClymer is professor of history and has taught at Assumption for more than four decades. He did his undergraduate work at Fordham College and his M.A. and Ph.D. at SUNY at Stony Brook. He is the author of seven books – most recently The Birth of Modern America, 1919-1939 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and The AHA Guide to Teaching and Learning with New Media (2006, 2012) — and scores of articles and book chapters, several of which deal with teaching and with using the internet. His “How Did the Rival Temperance Conventions of 1853 Help Forge an Enduring Alliance Between Prohibition and Woman’s Rights?” is forthcoming in Women and Social Movements (Fall 2012). He is editor for online projects for the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, a co-editor of H-ETHNIC and a former member of H-NET’s Teaching Committee. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including a NEH Curriculum Development grant and two Teaching American History grants in partnership with Worcester Public Schools, the American Antiquarian Society, and Old Sturbridge Village.
Sample of Publications
John F. McClymer, The Triangle Strike and Fire (Harcourt, Brace, 1998)
John F. McClymer, “This High and Holy Moment”: The First National Woman’s Rights Convention, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1850, and the Rise of the Woman’s Movement (Harcourt College Publishers, 2000)
John F. McClymer, Mississippi Freedom Summer (Wadsworth, 2003)
John F. McClymer, “Un Dimsdale Canadien: Cure and Community in Late-Nineteenth-Century Worcester,” in Faces of Community: Immigrant Massachusetts 1860-2000 (Massachusetts Historical Society, 2003)
John F. McClymer, “Who Is Mrs. Ada T.P. Foat? And Why Should Historians Care?: An Historical Reading of Henry James’ The Bostonians,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Volume 2, Number 2 / April 2003
John F. McClymer, “Passing From Light Into Dark,” Parts One and Two, and “Historiographical Discussion: If the Irish Weren’t Becoming White, What Were They Up To All Those Years?, Journal for Multi-Media History, Volume 4 (2003)
Sample of Presentations
John F. McClymer, “A Battle of Parades: ‘National Days’ and Swedish-Irish Competition in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1880-1920,” Migrants and the Homeland Symposium, Uppsala University, Sweden, 12-14 June 1996.
John F. McClymer, “The Worldwide Web, Teaching and Research in Women’s History and Women’s Studies, roundtable, Berkshire Conference, June 1999, with Kathryn Kish Sklar, State University of New York at Binghamton; Kathleen D. McCarthy, Graduate Center, City University of New York; Thomas Dublin, State University of New York at Binghamton; Rosemary Fry Plakas, Library of Congress; Anne Engelhart, Schlesinger Library.
John F. McClymer, “Teaching Women’s History Using Web-based Archives,” Organization of American Historians, Los Angeles, April 2001.
John F. McClymer, “Reviewing Web Sites: Some Tips about How and, More Importantly, Why,” American Historical Association, Chicago, 2003.