Political History

  • 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.
  • Terrence M. Cole (1953–2020)

    Mary F. Ehrlander | Mar 31, 2021

    Terrence Cole, professor emeritus of history and Arctic and northern studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, died on December...
  • Paul W. Schroeder (1927–2020)

    Katherine Aaslestad | Mar 31, 2021

    Paul W. Schroeder, professor emeritus of European history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, passed away on December 6, 2020.
  • AHA Member Spotlight: Yan Xu

    Matthew Keough | Mar 19, 2021

    Yan Xu is an associate professor of history and chair at Spelman College. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been a member since 2012.
  • Paul S. Seaver (1932–2020)

    David Como | Feb 26, 2021

    Paul Seaver, professor emeritus of early modern British history at Stanford University, died on August 2, 2020.
  • 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.
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