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 AHA videos highlights the insights that come when we recognize that everything has a history.
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American Historical Association executive director Jim Grossman and 2017 president Tyler Stovall discuss the role of historical thinking in today's public culture.
Historians on the 2016 Election
Margaret O'Mara, professor of history at the University of Washington, describes the similarities and differences between the 2016 presidential election and presidential elections in years past.
Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, discusses the social movement and popular rhetoric that defined the 2016 presidential campaign.
David Greenberg, professor of history at Rutgers University, examines the historical significance of Donald Trump's election as president, and speculates about what will prove to be long-lasting changes.
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, five historians participated in a discussion of the election at the 130th annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Historians David A. Bell (Princeton Univ.), David Greenberg (Rutgers Univ.), Leah Wright-Rigueur (Harvard Univ.), Vicki L. Ruiz (UC Irvine), and Tyler E. Stovall (UC Santa Cruz) considered the 2016 election in relation to previous elections and gave their thoughts on the question: How did we get here and what does it mean?