The student-reviewed and edited journal is an annual publication of the university’s Alpha Delta Nu Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society, and is sponsored by the CSUSB Department of History.
History in the Making is published at the end of the spring quarter each academic year, and has earned the reputation of being among the top journals of its kind in the nation, having been awarded six Gerald D. Nash History Journal Awards (third place in 2009 and 2013, second place in 2012 and 2015, and first place in 2014 and 2019).
Students Fernando Sanchez and Marmar Zakher, serving as chief editors, led a staff that completed the journal after the COVID-19 pandemic forced stay-at-home orders that resulted in classes meeting virtually in online environments in the closing weeks of the winter quarter and all of the spring quarter.
“It was a running joke in the editorial room that we were working on ‘lucky number 13,’” Sanchez and Zakher wrote in the journal’s acknowledgements. “Needless to say, this year’s edition presented a myriad of unique challenges. Despite this, the hard work of the editorial board, not to mention the relentless efforts of Dr. Jeremy Murray, our fearless faculty advisor, made this edition of History in the Making a pleasure to be part of. Dr. Murray’s constant emails of encouragement and reassurance did wonders to keep morale high. We would also like to thank Dr. Tiffany Jones, whose experience in the publishing process is indispensable.”
Included the journal’s more than 300-pages is a “Pandemic Photographic Essay: 1918 Spanish Flu and 2020 COVID-19,” compiled by the History in the Making editorial board, which used historical photos from that era. “As students of history, we look back to similar instances of public crisis, specifically the 1918 Spanish flu, which occurred at the same time as the Women’s suffrage movement was gaining momentum, to learn, grow, and prepare,” the editorial board wrote. “Currently, the world is experiencing a grave pandemic and national protests for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter. Both events are shaping our lives and are slated to leave their respective marks on history.
“Stay-at-Home orders have encouraged citizens across the country to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, but protesters in major cities like Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C., have gathered by the hundreds to protest police brutality and racial violence,” they wrote. “As the United States pushes its people to wear masks and stay six feet apart, its people of color ‘can’t breathe’ and are looking for answers. We are living through history and we hope this photographic essay will be timely and informative.”
Journal articles also included “The Movement that Sinned Twice: The Cristero War and Mexican Collective Memory,” by Consuelo S. Moreno; “Discovering a Purpose in a Listening Democracy: The People’s Voice in 1930s/40s America,” by Celeste Nunez; memoriam articles on journalist Cokie Roberts, author Toni Morrison and pro-basketball player Kobe Bryant; and reviews on films and books, and the Norton Simon Museum.
Led by Sanchez and Zakher, the journal staff included copy editor Benjamin Shultz and associate editors Amelia Lindell, Angel Rivas, Benjamin Shultz, Cameron Smith, Carter Dix, Chase Hanson, Efren Perez, James Martin, Megan Kyriss, Myles Becnel, Nathanael Gonzalez and Sara Haden. The journal’s faculty advisors were Jones, professor and chair of the CSUSB Department of History, and Murray, associate professor of history and faculty advisor of the History Club and Phi Alpha Theta.
The online version of the latest volume is available at the History in the Making webpage.