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controversy



  • Seeking the True Story of the Comfort Women

    by Jeannie Suk Gersen

    A Harvard Law School professor tried to understand why her colleague made a provocative and contrarian argument that Korean "comfort women" engaged in voluntary sex work. She discovered that recourse to the facts was both straightforward and frustrating.



  • The New York Times Covers the “Clash of the Historians” at SHEAR

    by John Fea

    An early Americanist reflects on the controversy stirred up by the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's virtual plenary and its coverage in the mainstream media, and asks whether these are the battles historians should be fighting right now. 



  • Regarding Daniel Feller's Plenary (Twitter thread)

    by Rebecca Anne Goetz (as Historianess)

    "Feller opened with comments on Trump and Jackson, with the implication that attaching AJ to Trump was distorting AJ and his context. I was willing to go along with the premise until Feller insisted that AJ's record on Native people was not as bad as we think."



  • President's Statement on SHEAR 2020

    by Douglas R. Egerton

    The President of the Society for the History of the Early American Republic responds to the controversy provoked by Daniel Feller's remarks in the organization's virtual plenary session, which included repeated quotations of racial slurs from primary sources, a defense of Andrew Jackson, and harsh words for unnamed historians writing for the broader public.