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  • A Brief History of the History Wars

    by Rebecca Onion

    Conservative uproar over the New York Times’ 1619 Project is just the most recent clash in a decades-old battle over how we should understand American history.


  • Please stop saying the past is in the past. It isn’t.

    by Perry Greene

    Nike dropped its Air Max USA 1 shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick worried that the “Betsy Ross” flag design harkens back to an era of black slavery and has been used by white nationalist groups. 



  • The Lingering of Loss

    by Jill Lepore

    My best friend left her laptop to me in her will. Twenty years later, I turned it on and began my inquest.



  • The Closure

    by Brendan O'Malley

    What happens when the college you work for closes? A first-hand account of the state of higher education. 


  • Stonewall's Legacy and Kwame Anthony Appiah's Misuse of History

    by Alan Singer

    What Appiah misses in his dismissal of the Stonewall Rebellion’s historical importance is that symbols like Rosa Parks sitting down and Stonewall are crucial to social movements as they mobilize and move from the political margins to the center of civic discourse.



  • Reclaiming History From Howard Zinn

    by Naomi Schaefer Riley

    The left’s portrait of America’s past has triumphed thanks to the abdication of serious historians. Wilfred M. McClay offers an antidote.