public history

  • Virginia Community Colleges to Drop John Tyler's Name

    “We enroll lots of people whose ancestors were enslaved, were marginalized, were clearly taken advantage of,” said Glenn DuBois, the system’s chancellor. “And what do you say to those students when they’re looking at some of these names?”

  • Columbus Day was a Battle in the 90's History Wars, Too

    by Cynthia C. Prescott

    "The History Wars of the 1990s can show us that compromise and accommodation can temporarily defuse controversy — but tempt us to postpone the harder work of seeking justice and truth."

  • How Our Hero Columbus Has Fallen

    by Brian Regal

    "Humans seem to need to have heroes, but we’re often not sure what to do with them. We want them to embody high ideals, but they rarely do."

  • A Tech-Savvy Holocaust Memorial in Ukraine Draws Critics and Crowds

    “I grew up with war stories from my grandparents’ generation,” said Andrej Umansky, a German historian with Ukrainian ancestry working for the private initiative, the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. “But students today don’t have the same connection.... To talk about the Holocaust is the same as talking about ancient Rome.”

  • Army Base Names Are Changing. But to What?

    “There is a lesson here,” said Wade Fowler, who was born and raised here and now runs a small barbecue joint. “Don’t name things after people.”

  • An A-Z List of NYC Streets Named for Slaveowners

    by Alan Singer

    As Mayoral candidate Eric Adams has vowed to change the names of city streets associated with slavery, here's a list of those streets throughout the city. 

  • When Black History Gets Unearthed, Who Speaks for the Dead?

    by Jill Lepore

    Locating and unearthing African American burial grounds is only the beginning of a process involving difficult questions of justice and inheritance. Should federal legislation make up for the legacy of dispossession that leaves cemeteries in legal limbo and without means for upkeep? 

  • Park Rangers Bring Black History to Life in the Great Outdoors

    As Americans consider the racist views of John Muir and the legacy of exclusion from national parks spaces, the Times highlights the work of African American workers in the national parks service and the Black history they help preserve "for the benefit and enjoyment of people."