The US Capitol building during a storm. Photo by Thomas Dwyer via Flickr

The Assault on the Capitol in Historical Perspective: Resources for Educators

We know teaching the events of January 6, 2021—which are not a “moment,” but the product of a long history—presents a familiar, yet unusually urgent, challenge: how can students use historical knowledge and thinking to understand current crises? Here are some resources that might help. 

Please note that this is not intended to be an exhaustive list. For the original Twitter thread listing these resources, please click here

Contextualizing Violence


General US History

International Context and Comparisons

Analogies are often invoked to create false historical precedents to create legitimacy. When the Capitol grounds were cleared, members of the crowd started chanting “Tiananmen Square”—an inaccurate analogy. Others have argued that a more appropriate analogy might be the Beer Hall Putsch (Munich, 1923.) The resources below can be used to begin discussions in a comparative context.