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  • What Trump Doesn’t Understand About U.S. History

    by Sean Wilentz

    The real choice isn’t between Trump’s rendition of our history and the 1619 Project’s. It’s between ideological distortion and respect for facts, skepticism about pat answers and, above all, refusal to shape the past to fit a fixed political agenda.



  • Why Study History? Revisited

    by Peter N. Stearns

    Advocates for the discipline of history must be willing to make concrete claims about the job opportunities opened by a history degree and train undergraduates to understand and express the skills the history major develops. 



  • Telling the Truth About Slavery Is Not ‘Indoctrination’

    “'We have too often a deliberate attempt so to change the facts of history that the story will make pleasant reading for Americans,' Du Bois wrote in Black Reconstruction." Today, American students' levels of ignorance about slavery suggests this too often remains true. 


  • The White House Conference on History

    by HNN Staff

    On September 17, Constitution Day, the White House convened a panel discussion of the importance of history to the nation, devoting strong criticism to recent trends emphasizing the importance of racism to the founding and development of the nation.



  • Revisionist History is an American Political Tradition

    by Michael D. Hattem

    American politicians have constantly tweaked the story of the nation's past for political advantage. Maybe revisionist history by historians isn't so bad. 



  • I Rise to Speak In Favor of the Discipline I Taught

    by Bob Schoone-Jongen

    A retired history professor from a leading Christian institution rejects the premise that the historian's obligation is to promote a patriotic view of the past. 



  • Donald Trump’s Bizarre History Conference

    by Ron Radosh

    "There is good history and bad history, and either can be written by historians on the left or on the right. There is no such thing as left-wing history or right-wing history. There is only historical research and the conclusions drawn from evidence."



  • Trump’s Vision for American History Education Is a Nightmare

    by L.D. Burnett

    "As a historian who writes about the field of history’s place in the culture wars of the 1980s, I watched this conference and saw one long exercise in logrolling for the participants’ politically intertwined institutional commitments."



  • A Historian Takes on Trump's View of American History

    by Edward L. Ayers

    "I have practiced history for most of the half-century in which these wars over history have been waged — and I have yet to meet anyone who works to destroy the United States."



  • What Trump is Missing About American History

    by Leslie M. Harris and Karin Wulf

    "Journalists and politicians are examples of two groups that are differently but equally susceptible to a desire for clarity and simplicity about the historical past. But the past is rarely clear and was never simple."