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teaching history



  • AHA Condemns Report of Advisory 1776 Commission

    “Written hastily in one month after two desultory and tendentious ‘hearings,’” the AHA writes, “without any consultation with professional historians of the United States, the report fails to engage a rich and vibrant body of scholarship that has evolved over the last seven decades."



  • A Push for ‘Patriotic Education’

    David Blight and Lindsay Stallones Marshall argue that the report's purpose is purely political and will result in further degradation of the public capacity to judge facts and evidence. 



  • The Ideas Behind Trump’s 1776 Commission Report

    Nicole Hemmer, David Blight, Geoffrey Kabaservice, and Adam Laats place the 1776 Commission report in the context of longstanding political and cultural battles over historical narrative. 



  • On the Way Out, Trump Trashes History: Why the 1776 Project is so Damaging

    by James Grossman and Jacqueline Jones

    The 1776 Commission report is a propagandistic attack on the role of expertise in government and demands for racial justice, butchering the historical record for the sake of inflaming the deadly resentments that erupted this year against BLM and COVID lockdowns.



  • Early American Urban Protests — A Review Of Boston’s Massacre

    A review of Eric Hinderaker's new book "Boston's Massacre" highlights the shifting narrative of the events and their place in the national story, and the perpetually unanswered conflict between limits of authority and those of popular protest.



  • A Starting Point: Teaching the January 6 Insurrection

    by Kevin Boyle and James Grossman

    "The braided relationship between history and civics will make January 6, 2021, a central concern in classrooms and other educational venues across the country. How can we help our students and others to connect the particulars that played out on our screens to those larger processes?"



  • Remote Reflections: On Being Present as a Parent and Teacher

    by Quincy T. Mills

    "Midmorning, I take my research files to my son’s oversized desk and work alongside him, which prevents our screens from being barriers. My presence is useful for both of us." Reflections on the interconnections of parenting and research work under COVID.