The Alabama Council for the Social Studies was formed in the 1960s to answer the growing need for organized curricular cooperation across the many disciplines commonly recognized as the “Social Studies.”

Classrooms seemed to be drawn away from the social studies by various legislative efforts that gave more attention to other curricular areas, the social studies began to suffer and the ACSS, in both membership and activity, saw a substantial decline. This was, however, in spite of a core group of dedicated professionals who struggled with competing demands and, in some cases, general apathy to the social studies across the country. Over the summer of 2007, several efforts were independently, but simultaneously underway to revitalize ACSS.  These various efforts soon came together, and with the encouragement of both the former ACSS leadership and the National Council for the Social Studies, the Social Studies Council of Alabama was formed.