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history education



  • The Root of American Power

    by Megan Beyer

    "October is National Arts and Humanities Month. Observing what happens in America when we fail to protect them, invest in them, and recognize their value, is the best case that could ever be made for the Arts and Humanities."


  • Combatting History “Indoctrination” in 1945 and 2020

    by Brian M. Puaca

    As the new 1776 Commission begins to consider how to wield history as a weapon against indoctrination, America’s educational work in Germany can serve as a guidepost for a commitment to preparing vigilant young men and women to build and defend democracy.


  • Trump’s Comments on History Point Down a Stalinist Road

    by Walter G. Moss

    During the 1930s, Stalin directed historians and schools to teach patriotism to help convince Soviet citizens that, like earlier Russian leaders such as Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible, and Peter the Great, he was defending Russian interests.



  • What Trump Doesn’t Understand About U.S. History

    by Sean Wilentz

    The real choice isn’t between Trump’s rendition of our history and the 1619 Project’s. It’s between ideological distortion and respect for facts, skepticism about pat answers and, above all, refusal to shape the past to fit a fixed political agenda.


  • The White House Conference on History

    by HNN Staff

    On September 17, Constitution Day, the White House convened a panel discussion of the importance of history to the nation, devoting strong criticism to recent trends emphasizing the importance of racism to the founding and development of the nation.



  • Revisionist History is an American Political Tradition

    by Michael D. Hattem

    American politicians have constantly tweaked the story of the nation's past for political advantage. Maybe revisionist history by historians isn't so bad. 



  • I Rise to Speak In Favor of the Discipline I Taught

    by Bob Schoone-Jongen

    A retired history professor from a leading Christian institution rejects the premise that the historian's obligation is to promote a patriotic view of the past. 



  • Why President Trump is Targeting the 1619 Project

    by Julian Zelizer

    "There is nothing unpatriotic about a clear-eyed view of our nation's past. Indeed, understanding the problems and failures at the center of our nation is to take our history seriously."