From the National History Center

  • Democracy and Misinformation

    From the National History Center

    Jennifer M. Miller | Jun 10, 2019

    Is democracy a "state of mind," easily influenced by misinformation, or a result of representative institutions or political rights?
  • Puff, Puff, Pass

    Current Events in Historical Context, From the National History Center, Perspectives Daily

    Emily Dufton | Apr 16, 2019

    A booming kid-oriented paraphernalia marketplace unraveled efforts to legalize cannabis in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Rewarding Risk

    From the National History Center, Perspectives Daily

    Kathleen Day | Apr 3, 2019

    Deposit insurance was meant to stop bank runs. But by generating unwarranted confidence in the banking system, it creates danger.
  • Prosecuting Torture

    From the National History Center, Perspectives Daily

    W. Fitzhugh Brundage | Mar 20, 2019

    Intended to enable the prosecution of torturers, the legislation ended up as sand in the gears of the War on Terror.

Most Recent

  • Myths and Realities of the US Refugee Policy

    Dane Kennedy | Oct 29, 2018

    The vast majority of the 69 million people currently displaced will never come to the United States.
  • Ground Strategy

    Dane Kennedy | Sep 7, 2018

    The farm bill, renewed every five years or so, has transformed America’s agricultural landscape.
  • Have We Lost Faith in Public Education?

    Johann N. Neem | Jul 26, 2018

    In light of the proposed merger of the Departments of Education and Labor, we should look to history for values to uphold.
  • Rules of Trade

    Dane Kennedy | Jul 20, 2018

    President Trump calls international trade rules “unfair” to the United States. Do historians agree?
  • Fishing for Loan Sharks

    Anne Fleming | Jul 12, 2018

    Policymakers have been trying to reel in loan sharks for over a century.

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