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  • 1619, Revisited

    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. 



  • On Recent Criticism of The 1619 Project

    by Jake Silverstein

    Critics of the 1619 Project have identified changes and edits to the text of Nikole Hannah-Jones's article, which they claim were made surreptitiously to conceal errors. Editor Jake Silverstein addresses those criticisms. 



  • The Right's War on Universities

    by Ruth Ben-Ghiat

    "From the fascist years in Europe, nearly a century ago, to our own times, right-wing leaders have accused universities of being incubators of left-wing ideologies and sought to mold them in the image of their own propaganda, policy, and policing aims."



  • How the 1619 Project took over 2020

    Interviewing project lead Nikole Hannah-Jones and numerous supporters and detractors, Sarah Ellison explores why the 1619 project, more than a year after its publication, is still making people argue about history.



  • Critics Accuse Trump Of Using Race To Divide Americans

    Historian Natalia Mehlman Petrzela is among the experts who argue that a belief in white supremacy connects the dots of Trump's recent declarations on subjects ranging from history to genetics to his own health. 



  • No, Critical Race Theory Isn't 'Anti-American'

    by David E. DeMatthews and Terri N. Watson

    Critical race theory, which presupposes that racism is embedded within society and institutions, is not propaganda or anti-American; it is a toolkit for examining and addressing racism and other forms of marginalization.



  • The Root of American Power

    by Megan Beyer

    "October is National Arts and Humanities Month. Observing what happens in America when we fail to protect them, invest in them, and recognize their value, is the best case that could ever be made for the Arts and Humanities."


  • Combatting History “Indoctrination” in 1945 and 2020

    by Brian M. Puaca

    As the new 1776 Commission begins to consider how to wield history as a weapon against indoctrination, America’s educational work in Germany can serve as a guidepost for a commitment to preparing vigilant young men and women to build and defend democracy.



  • Trump is Afraid of Honest History

    by James Grossman

    Trump's proposal for a "1776 Commission" suggests that history teachers should be cheerleaders, reducing the nation’s complex past to a simplistic and inaccurate narrative of unique virtue and perpetual progress.



  • OAH Statement on White House Conference on American History

    "The history we teach must investigate the core conflict between a nation founded on radical notions of liberty, freedom, and equality, and a nation built on slavery, exploitation, and exclusion." 


  • Trump’s Comments on History Point Down a Stalinist Road

    by Walter G. Moss

    During the 1930s, Stalin directed historians and schools to teach patriotism to help convince Soviet citizens that, like earlier Russian leaders such as Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible, and Peter the Great, he was defending Russian interests.