All History is Revisionist
by James M. Banner Jr.
"The collective noun for a group of historians is an “argumentation,” and for good reason. At the very dawn of historical inquiry in the West, historians were already wrestling over the past, attacking each other."
SOURCE: The Conversation
Canada is Going through its Own History Wars
by Ian Rocksborough-Smith
"To what degree will well-established professional historians and scholars respond and engage with younger generations of activists, intellectuals and cultural workers adamant about centring the experiences of marginalized people?"
"Forget the Alamo" Synthesizes Revisionist Scholarship for Today's History Wars
by James Thornton Harris
Academics have long understood Texas's heroic founding myths centered on the Alamo to be cover stories for the cause of slavery and white supremacy, but they've been tenacious parts of the state's culture. A new book joins the battle as state leaders dig in to defend those myths.
SOURCE: National History Center and Woodrow Wilson Center
The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History – James Banner at the Washington History Seminar (May 3)
"James Banner’s book, the first full-length work on revisionist history since 1929, explains why, since the time of ancient Greece, historians have disagreed with others’ interpretations of the past."
SOURCE: Activist History Review
Four Years Of Doing Activist History
by William Horne
The founder of the Activist History Review argues that the mantle of scholarly neutrality must be rejected: it allows historians to abdicate the responsibility to fight forms of abuse and exploitation that they understand intimately, and will never shield the profession from political attacks.
SOURCE: New York Times
by Nicholas Guyatt
Argument isn’t an obstacle to the work of historians; it is the work of historians. Public interest in 1619 has suggested something truly profound: that Americans have the capacity to think differently about their history.
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.
SOURCE: Historical Horizons (Calvin University)
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.
SOURCE: The Bulwark
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."
SOURCE: Washington Post
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."
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Why We Keep Reinventing Abraham Lincoln
Adam Gopnik considers new books about Lincoln by David S. Reynolds and Sidney Blumenthal that address the personality and governing of the 16th president.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Is Capitalism Racist?
Nicholas Lemann considers Walter Johnson's new book The Broken Heart of America in light of recent debates among historians about the relationship of slavery, capitalism and racism.
SOURCE: The Bulwark Podcast
Kevin Kruse Discuses Revisionist History on the Bulwark Podcast
Princeton professor and famed #Twitterstorian Kevin M. Kruse discuss revisionist history on the right and many more issues in politics.
SOURCE: The Baffler
Malcolm Gladwell's “Revisionist History” podcast cleanses history of the past
by Allison Miller
Empathy is the essence of academic historical methodology today. But in the episodes of Revisionist History that actually deal with history, people of the past come across as basically the same as we are today.
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