Historian and Social Psychologist Discuss How to Confront Difficult Aspects of History

Historians in the News
tags: slavery, racism, teaching history


There’s been a lot of fighting lately over how to teach the history of America – and it’s turned classroom curriculums into political battlefields. Perhaps it’s not surprising that we get emotional confronting our past, with so many painful chapters.

How do we get people to face the ugly truths of the American story? Can we feel sorrow, shame and anger while still taking pride in the things that make this country great? We’ll talk with a social psychologist and a history professor about why we need to teach “hard history” and how to develop the mental toolkit to reckon honestly with our past.

Dolly Chugh, Psychologist and Professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University, author of A More Just Future and the newsletter, Dear Good People

Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University and the editor of editor of Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement


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