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public history



  • A Paradox: History Without Historians

    by Jim Grossman

    "We cannot heal this nation without accurately understanding its pathologies, which are by their very nature historical."



  • Behind these Names, You’ll Find Stories of L.A.'S Black History

    The city of Los Angeles's early Anglo history was marked by the national conflict over slavery, and local decisions granting freedom to Black Angelenos shaped the city. Longtime LA Times columnist Patt Morrison discusses the public markers to African American history in the city. 



  • San Francisco’s Ridiculous Renaming Spree

    If those on the right were looking for an example to condemn the trend of renaming public facilities because of the misdeeds of prominent historical figures, they couldn't have asked for more than the slapdash actions of the San Francisco school board, writes journalist Gary Kamiya. 



  • ‘Robert E. Lee and Me’ Dismantles Confederate Mythology

    Retired Brigadier General and West Point historian Ty Seidule was drawn to the military by growing up with the myth of the gentleman soldier embodied by Robert E. Lee. His new book deconstructs the myth through autobiography. 



  • A Monument Honoring Brooklyn Abolitionists Stalls Under Scrutiny

    “Whatever we build in Downtown Brooklyn should rival the Statue of Liberty,” said Raul Rothblatt, who has fought to preserve the area’s history for nearly 20 years. He added: “But instead, the city is planning to build a dog park above where tunnels once connected abolitionist homes.”



  • Making Public History More Accessible During Times of Uncertainty

    by Nick Sacco

    The curtailment of in-person programming at national parks due to COVID is a great occasion for the parks system to undertake deep consideration of the issue of accessibility in its programs and facilities. 



  • What Was the Dixie Highway, Anyway?

    Historian Tammy Ingram discusses the Dixie Highway, about which she wrote the book, as a rare project of early 20th-century highway building and tourism development that was completed.