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Bill Thomas - ACC History Teacher



  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. History
  • University of Iowa, M.A., History
  • University of Iowa, Ph.D., History

Professional Accomplishments:

I've written a book, Unsafe for Democracy (published by the University of Wisconsin Press), which examined civil liberties in the United States during the First World War.

Who is your favorite person in your field?

John Higham, who wrote Strangers in the Land--an account of how Americans have viewed immigrants.

If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be doing?

If I weren't teaching, I'd probably work in a museum or library.

What teacher(s) had the greatest impact on you?

I'd say Mr. Hanel, who was a great English teacher in the 8th grade, and James Robertson, one of my instructors in college, whose enthusiasm for history was electric and made me want to learn more.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

I have always wanted to take a train trip through Canada.

What is your favorite thing about your career?

Always discovering new things about the past and relating them to the next generation.


Reading, hiking, playing frisbee, cooking, and gardening.