The Decline of Historical Thinking
For the past decade, history has been declining more rapidly than any other major, even as more and more students attend college.
The New Yorker
February 4, 2019
Black History Month
What does Black History Month leave out?
March 7, 2017
When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy
African-American women were written out of the history of the woman suffrage movement.
New York Times
February 2, 2019
Who Were the Pinkertons?
A video game portrays the Wild West’s famous detective agency as violent enforcers of order. But the modern-day company disagrees.
February 1, 2019
The Black Monuments Project
America is covered in Confederate statues. We can do better — and here’s how.
February 1, 2018
The Role of Water in African American History
Have historians privileged land-based models and ignored how African Americans participated in aquatic activities?
May 4, 2018
Say Goodbye To Your Happy Plantation Narrative
Only a small percentage of historical interpreters are black, and Cheyney McKnight is trying to change that.
March 28, 2018
Revolution and Repression: A Framework for African American History
Running through all of historian Gerald Horne's books are the twin themes of revolution and repression.
Brandon R. Byrd
August 21, 2018
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
“Our cultures are not dead and our civilizations have not been destroyed. Our present tense is evolving as rapidly and creatively as everyone else’s.”
January 22, 2019
Martin Luther King, Jr. was More Radical Than You Think
On the 50th anniversary of his death, it’s time to remember who he really was.
April 4, 2018
A New History of Native Americans Responds to ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’
“The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee” depicts the history of American Indians as more than a story of victimhood.
New York Times
January 20, 2019
A Brief History of the Past 100 Years, as Told Through the New York Times Archives
An analysis of 12 decades of New York Times headlines.
December 29, 2018