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Historians/History


  • Who Says Historians Can’t Travel Back in Time?

    by Erik Moshe

    “Both astrophysicists and historians can travel back in time, but only historians can do anything about the past.” An interview with Carnegie Mellon University historian Ricky Law.


  • Hawaii’s Cowboy Heroes

    by David Wolman and Julian Smith

    At the turn of the 20th century, three Hawaiian cowboys arrived in Wyoming to compete in a rodeo extravaganza. What happened next overturned much of what people thought they knew, and still think they know, about Hawaii, the American West, and the relationship between the two.


  • 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.


  • Why We Need Better Children's History Books

    by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

    Assembling a coherent narrative that inspires students to image a different world is much more complicated than a Wikipedia search. Teachers can only carry out this task if they have access to narrative histories that are decolonized.


  • The Perfect Mentor: Alan Brinkley

    by Yanek Mieczkowski

    Beyond his impeccable scholarship and insightful lectures, Alan Brinkley was a mentor to dozens of doctoral students. In that role, he was perfect, providing profound lessons that will last through many careers, and likely, many lifetimes.