Current Events in Historical Context
Rules of Trade
Dane Kennedy | Jul 20, 2018President Trump calls international trade rules “unfair” to the United States. Do historians agree?
Fishing for Loan Sharks
From the National History Center, Perspectives Daily
Anne Fleming | Jul 12, 2018Policymakers have been trying to reel in loan sharks for over a century.
From the Nation’s Capital, on the Fifth of July
James Grossman | Jul 5, 2018This year’s celebration of Independence Day felt more jingoist than patriotic.
“Our Biggest Mistake Is That We Trusted You Too Much”
AHA Today, From the National History Center
Jeffrey A. Engel | May 10, 2018Jeffrey Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin...
“We Came Here to Take the Bastille”
John Lawrence | Apr 30, 2018The candidacies of the Class of '74, a group of 76 Democrats who rode a wave of public disenchantment into...
Can We Right the Past?
Caroline E. Janney | Apr 12, 2018Caroline Janney explores how she would use Katie Couric's new documentary, America Inside Out, to help students navigate the debate about Confederate monuments and memorialization.
High School Student Activism
Dionne Danns | Mar 14, 2018The history of student activism, writes Dionne Danns, tells us that Parkland students are "right to believe that they can...
Placing the National School Walkout in Historical Context: A Lesson Plan
John Rosinbum | Mar 13, 2018In advance of the national school walkout on March 14, John Rosinbum offers a lesson plan for teaching students about...
How the Feds Reshaped Higher Education
Dane Kennedy | Mar 1, 2018The paradox of American higher education is that it is at once so successful and so controversial. O...