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Historians in the News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • How Racism Is Destroying America (Book Review)

    by Michael Ignatieff

    A white liberal progressive confronts the issue of race in America with beliefs that make it difficult to face a reality that their fellow citizens of black or Hispanic origin take for granted.



  • How Coffee Became a Modern Necessity

    Once used to fuel extraordinary acts of worship and creativity, coffee has become a necessity we rely on to meet the everyday demands of modern capitalism.



  • Confederacy in the 'Hood

    For two-and-a-half years, Benjamin Israel, an African-American Orthodox Jew, attended every meeting of the city council in Hollywood, Florida, to talk about street names.



  • OAH Announces Annual Awards

    The Organization of American Historians has announced the winners of its annual prizes. 



  • After Reparations

    How a scholarship helped — and didn't help — descendants of victims of the 1923 Rosewood racial massacre.



  • Scholars v. COVID-19 Racism

    Scholars are among those confronting the rise in anti-Asian and anti-Asian American racism that’s come with COVID-19.



  • Neglected Gems of Urban History

    by Richard Harris

    For two generations, Lampard told urban historians that cities mattered especially, but not only, in economic terms.