Current Events in Historical Context

  • A Tale of Two Catholic Presidents

    Francine Uenuma | Apr 2, 2021

    Whereas JFK faced voters skeptical of him for merely being Catholic, Joe Biden must confront concerns about what kind of Catholic he is.
  • Meeting Need, Collecting Need

    Amanda B. Moniz | Apr 1, 2021

    The National Museum of American History's curator of the history of philanthropy reflects on her efforts to document food insecurity during the COVID pandemic.
  • Townhouse Notes

    Ashley E. Bowen | Feb 3, 2021

    Historians offer context and nuance in times when those things are in short supply, often asking us to check our assumptions and refine our critiques.
  • Why is Charles Curtis’s Legacy So Complicated?

    Kiara M. Vigil | Jan 19, 2021

    Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw Nation and the first person of color to serve as vice president, is...
  • Vikings, Crusaders, Confederates

    Matthew Gabriele | Jan 12, 2021

    Why was there so much medieval imagery at the assault on the US Capitol? Historian Matthew Gabriele explains the Far...
  • A Starting Point

    Kevin Boyle and James Grossman | Jan 11, 2021

    The braided relationship between history and civics will make January 6, 2021, a central concern in classrooms and other educational...
  • Clerks Wearing Masks

    E. Thomas Ewing and Jeffrey S. Reznick | Dec 9, 2020

    Analyzing data and photographs from the 1918 influenza epidemic increased students' historical empathy and improved their ability to think historically about COVID-19.
  • A Threat from the East?

    Leah Valtin-Erwin | Oct 29, 2020

    Several complex historical legacies underpin the rush to compare today's pandemic shopping experience to shortages in late communist eastern Europe.
  • “If Anybody Says Election to Me, I Want to Fight”

    Jon Grinspan | Oct 19, 2020

    The election of 1876 can shed light on how the nation's political institutions operate during a crisis of democracy.
  • We Want More History

    Greg Downs, Hilary N. Green, Scott Hancock, and Kate Masur | Oct 9, 2020

    Civil War historians took to the streets, parks, and visitor centers to demand better, more nuanced history during the first #WeWantMoreHistory day of action.
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