Everything Has a History

Bringing Historical Context to Current Events

The American Historical Association is proud to serve as an advocate for the crucial role of historical thinking in public life. Historians in all fields and professions work to provide context for the pressing issues facing the country and the world. This selection of resources highlights the insights that come when we recognize that everything has a history.

Historians on the Confederate Monument Debate

Statue of Robert Edward Lee on horse in Lee Park, Charlottesville, Virginia. First United Methodist Church steeple in the background. By Bill McChesney - https://www.flickr.com/photos/bsabarnowl/2744254199, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61695626In the wake of the Charlottesville tragedy, historians across the country provided important historical context and insight to the public. The AHA compiled statements that our members, fellow historical societies, AHA council members, and staff have made in op-eds, interviews, and other media conversations about the importance of historical thinking and knowledge within the current debate.

Historians Speak Out on Confederate Monuments

Everything Has a History Video Library

Screenshot of first video on the YouTube Everything Has a History playlist

This YouTube playlist compiles videos of historians providing historical context on current events, especially regarding the 2017 presidential election. It also features a conversation between AHA executive director Jim Grossman and 2017 AHA president Tyler Stovall on the role of historical thinking in today's public culture.

Everything Has a History Video Resources