Everything Has a History Video Library

This YouTube playlist compiles videos of historians providing historical context on current events, especially regarding the 2016 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.

Expand the drop-down menu in the upper left-hand corner of the video below to browse the playlist.



Everything Has a History: A Conversation between Jim Grossman and Tyler Stovall

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

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

Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, discusses the social movement and popular rhetoric that defined the 2016 presidential campaign.

David Greenberg

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.

Election 2016: How Did We Get Here and What Does It Mean?

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?