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Historians in the News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.



  • The View from the Inside ... The OAH's Courageous Stand Against Racism in 2000

    by Darlene Clark Hine

    In this interview, Darlene Clark Hine speaks about a subject she has long tried to forget: The painful decision the OAH made in 2000 to stand up to the racist practices of the Adam’s Mark Hotel. The controversy broke just as Professor Hine was preparing to take-over as the new president of the OAH.


  • The War on Drugs

    by Julilly Kohler-Hausmann

    In this interview, Julilly Kohler-Hausmann speaks about the ways historians are rewriting the history of the war on drugs.


  • How to Get Students Interested in History

    by Mark Carnes

    In this video clip from a workshop conducted at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians, Mark Carnes is training teachers who will be running games to help students understand history in their own classrooms.


  • How to Get Your Op Ed Published

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    A well-known professor, Jonathan Zimmerman is celebrated for writing more op eds than probably any other living historian. We wanted to know what the secret of his success is.


  • What Economists Are Saying Now About Slavery

    by Jonathan Pritchett and Charles Calomiris

    Jonathan Pritchett and Charles Calomiris presented a paper about the economics of slavery at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians.


  • A Horrific Case of Murder that Reinforces Gay Stereotypes

    by Lauren Gutterman

    Jeannance Freeman was convicted of murdering the two children of her lesbian lover. In this interview Ms. Gutterman breaks the taboo of gay historians who have shied away from stories that tend to reinforce stereotypes about gays.

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