Published Date

December 23, 2017

Resource Type

AHA Resource, Video


African American, Current Events in Historical Context, Political, Public History

AHA Topics

Teaching & Learning


United States

This YouTube playlist compiles videos of historians providing historical context on current events, including the 2016 presidential election. It also features a conversation between AHA executive director Jim Grossman and 2017 AHA president Tyler Stovall on the role of historical thinking in today’s public culture.


Everything Has a History: A Conversation between Jim Grossman and Tyler Stovall

American Historical Association executive director Jim Grossman and 2017 president Tyler Stovall discuss the role of historical thinking in today’s public culture.

African American History on the National Mall

James Grossman (Executive Director, American Historical Association) and Lonnie G. Bunch III (Founding Director, NMAAHC) discuss the role of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall and how it underscores the importance of African American history in public culture.


Historians on the 2016 Election

Election 2016: How Did We Get Here and What Does It Mean?

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, five historians participated in a discussion of the election at the 130th annual meeting of the American Historical Association. Historians David A. Bell (Princeton Univ.), David Greenberg (Rutgers Univ.), Leah Wright-Rigueur (Harvard Univ.), Vicki L. Ruiz (UC Irvine), and Tyler E. Stovall (UC Santa Cruz) considered the 2016 election in relation to previous elections and gave their thoughts on the question: How did we get here and what does it mean?

David Greenberg

David Greenberg, professor of history at Rutgers University, examines the historical significance of Donald Trump’s election as president, and speculates about what will prove to be long-lasting changes.


Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, discusses the social movement and popular rhetoric that defined the 2016 presidential campaign.


Margaret O’Mara

Margaret O’Mara, professor of history at the University of Washington, describes the similarities and differences between the 2016 presidential election and presidential elections in years past.