Political History

  • Richard Polenberg (1937–2020)

    Kevin M. Kruse | Jan 29, 2021

    Richard Polenberg, historian of modern America, died on November 26, 2020, in Ithaca, New York.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Paul A. C. Koistinen (1933–2020)

    John Broesamle | Sep 30, 2020

    Paul A. C. Koistinen, historian of the political economy of American warfare, died on January 25, 2020, at the age of 86.
  • On the Peaceful Transfer of Power

    Sara Georgini | Sep 29, 2020

    Historians can read plenty of pointed lessons in the presidential election of 1800, a surprisingly uncivil brawl between two aging revolutionaries.
  • A New View of Event History

    Robert Darnton | Sep 24, 2020

    A senior historian reflects on how living through this moment of crisis spurred him to rethink the notion of events...
  • Neoliberalism’s Long Legacies

    Joaquín M. Chávez | Sep 22, 2020

    Chile and Venezuela are just two nations that may feel the effects of the 2020 US elections.

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