Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, VA (2005).

When Slavery Is Erased From Plantations

Some historical sites have struggled to reconcile founding-era exceptionalism with the true story of America’s original sin.
A New Orleans city worker measures the Jefferson Davis monument in New Orleans in preparation for removing it on May 4, 2017.

Are Museums the Rightful Home for Confederate Monuments?

As museums formulate their approach to re-contextualization, they must also recognize their own histories of complicity.

Is the U.S. a Democracy? A Social Studies Battle Turns on the Nation’s Values

Michigan spent five years debating American history education. The biggest question was how to describe the nation’s government.
An exhibit featuring Thomas Jefferson's library in the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. (2015).

Mr. Jefferson’s Books & Mr. Madison’s War

The burning of Washington presented an opportunity for Jefferson’s books to educate the nation by becoming a national library.
Civil rights leader Andrew Young and others standing on balcony of Lorraine motel pointing in direction of assailant after assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is lying at their feet (1968).

The Day Martin Luther King Jr. Died

In the first episode of ‘Voices of the Movement,’ King's associates recount their memories of April 4, 1968.
The raw number of BAs in history awarded in 2017 was smaller than in any year since 1991, and lower than each year between 1965 and 1977.

Do We Know What History Students Learn?

It's not enough to say that they pick up critical thinking skills. It's time to offer evidence.
Thomas J. Sugrue delivers a lecture in Detroit sponsored by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (2017).

Thomas J. Sugrue on History’s Hard Lessons

On why he became a public thinker, the relationship between race and class, and his work in light of new histories of capitalism.
Sign marking the Trail of Tears.

'Never, Ever Going to Forget': 180 Years Since the End of the Cherokee Trail of Tears

Commemorating the anniversary of the last detachment of Cherokees that arrived in current-day Oklahoma.

Why a Woman Who Killed Indians Became Memorialized as the First Female Public Statue

Hannah Duston was used as a national symbol of innocence, valor, and patriotism to justify westward expansion.
Historian Charles Austin Beard, ca. 1915-20.

Charles Beard: Punished for Seeking Peace

His reputation was savaged because he had the temerity to question the 'Good War' narrative.
The winning design for The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Woman Suffrage Movement Monument Design Competition at The New-York Historical Society.

How New York’s New Monument Whitewashes the Women’s Rights Movement

It offers a narrow vision of the activists who fought for equality.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas photographed at the naming of the Department of Natural Resources administration building in her honor on April 4, 1985.

Who Was Marjory Stoneman Douglas?

A name, now famously associated with a mass school shooting, belonged to a strong advocate for the Everglades.