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  • 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.
  • Porcelain Pigments

    Elisabeth Berry Drago | Oct 28, 2020

    A set of colorful porcelain paints reveals a gendered history of artistic production.
  • Declassification Slowdown

    Alexandra F. Levy | Oct 27, 2020

    The State Department's Office of the Historian faced challenges on multiple fronts in 2019. 
  • Expanding the Genre

    Laura Ansley | Oct 22, 2020

    In You Never Forget Your First, Alexis Coe breaks away from hagiography to craft a biography of George Washington that appeals to new audiences.
  • “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.
  • Soundtracks of Sisterhood

    Bonnie J. Morris | Oct 14, 2020

    As we approach the 50-year anniversary of women's music, the archivist of Olivia Records reflects on the movement.
  • #WeWantMoreHistory

    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.
  • Accuracy and Authenticity in a Digital City

    Anne Sarah Rubin | Oct 7, 2020

    Building a digital world raises questions about privileging the accuracy of small details at the expense of portraying larger historical themes. 
  • Who Is in Control?

    Jeremi Suri | Oct 5, 2020

    The White House was unprepared for the chaos in the chain of command created by the near assassination of President Reagan in 1981.
  • Fearing a Fear of Germs

    Heather Murray | Oct 2, 2020

    During the HIV/AIDS epidemic the surgical mask was a sign of homophobia; COVID-19 may transform it into a gesture of communal solidarity.
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