January 6 Commission
The January 6 Committee's Report Shows it's up to Politics, not History, to Judge
by Matthew Sitman
The committee's report will never be able to create or sustain closure on the Trump era or the hard right turn of conservatism; only voters and political organizers can do that.
SOURCE: The Nation
What Jill Lepore Got Right—And Wrong—About January 6 Committee
The historian's critique of the committee's report—that it focused too narrowly on Trump and not enough on the far right movement—is undercut by a false equivalency that election denial and conspiratorial thinking are equally prevalent on the left and right of the spectrum.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
As a History of Insurrection, the January 6 Report is a Mess
by Jill Lepore
The Committee delivered a potent indictment of Donald Trump's responsibility for the events of January 6, but shed little light on the origins or the future of the antidemocratic insurrection and failed to tell a compelling story about what happened.
SOURCE: Just Security
Jan. 6 Report Gives Good, but Not Complete, Picture of Right-Wing Extremists
by Jon Lewis
A domestic extremism researcher argues that the committee's report lets law enforcement and intelligence agencies off the hook for their evaluation of the theat of right-wing violence at the Capitol and makes a future incident more likely.
SOURCE: Christian Science Monitor
Historians Predict How History Will Remember January 6
Historians of the Civil War era including Manisha Sinha and Joanne Freeman, suggest that the Jan. 6 Committee has assembled a documentary record of events that can support a definitive understanding of events. But what politicians and voters make of the information will determine what history is written.
SOURCE: New York Times
Task of January 6 Committee? Don't Let the Plot Get Memory-Holed
The compulsion to fit the past into a narrative about collective identity means that events like January 6 and the ugly truths about the scope and goals of the far right are likely to be consigned to the archives in a misguided attempt to "move on."
SOURCE: The Guardian
There Are Two Ways America Can Go After January 6
by Thomas Zimmer
In some respects, the January 6 attack resembles the failed 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. What should concern us is what could happen if the Justice Department decides to give similarly lenient treatment to the Capitol conspirators and their leader.
The January 6 Committee and the Paranoid Style
by Bruce W. Dearstyne
Episodes consistent with the "paranoid style" recur with sufficient frequency in American history to make them a landmark of the culture. But it's less well understood how each individual episode has faded, insight we could use today.
SOURCE: The Nation
Liberals: The January 6 Hearings Won't Save Us
by Daniel Bessner and Ben Burgis
Liberals hoping the televised hearings will result in criminal charges or accountability for Trump and his accomplices are in denial about the culture of elite impunity in America. The Democratic Party can't hope that outrage over January 6 will help them in November.
Don't Call them Conservatives
by Alan J. Singer
As we confront what is happening in this country, we need to stop calling the MAGA movement conservative.
SOURCE: L.A. Progressive
Politics and Priorities: The January 6 Hearings and American Values
by Walter G. Moss
Pragmatism does not mean acting without principles, but only openly, undogmatically. Is the glimmer of bipartisanship on display at the January 6 hearings a sign of hope?
SOURCE: The Conversation
Previous Congressional Hearings Inform What to Expect from the Jan. 6 Committee
by Jennifer Selin
From KKK violence during Reconstruction to Watergate, high profile Congressional investigations have approached controversial issues. Partisanship is likely to be an obstacle to the goals of advancing transparency and public information.
Proud Boys Indictment Charges Attempt to Overthrow Government. Does it Matter?
by Heather Cox Richardson
The charge of seditious conspiracy by a paramilitary organization with close ties to the Trumpian Right is incredibly serious, but will it be met with a shrug?
On "Smoking Guns"—Yesterday and Today (and Tomorrow?)
by Jim Zirin
As text messages between Donald Jr. and Mark Meadows surface, it seems the last roadblock to a prosecution of Donald Trump over January 6 is a lack of will, not a lack of evidence.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
History's Guidance to the January 6 Committee
by Stephen A. West
The 1872 report of the Congressional Ku Klux Klan Committee offers lessons for the January 6 Commission: expect partisans to weaponize the report, and don't trust "the judgment of history" to clear up doubts about culpability.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Jan. 6 Commission: Trump Allies Engaged in Potential Criminal Conspiracy to Block Certification
"The court filing is the strongest assertion yet from the committee that it believes Trump and some of his allies potentially committed crimes during the effort to overturn Biden’s victory and by falsely stating repeatedly that the election was stolen."
We Almost Lost Our Democracy – and Still Could: A Conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff
by Robin Lindley
"There's no division in our purpose. We're all united in wanting to get to the truth and expose the truth to the American people and then legislate in a way that protects our country going forward."
SOURCE: Uncivil Religion
Uncivil Religion: A Collaborative Effort to Understand January 6, 2021
Historians including Kristin Du Mez and Matthew Gabriele contribute to a new collaborative project analyzing the flood of digital imagery associated with the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and the election results.
The US Keeps Failing the January 6 Test
by Nicole Hemmer
Between Republican obfuscation and Democratic indifference, "it is fair to say that American democracy is in a far more tenuous position today than it was during the January 6 insurrection."
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Framing Political Violence as Patriotism is Even More Dangerous Than it Sounds
by Jeremy Best
The Republican Party has agreed to label the Capitol rioters of January 6 as patriots resisting a dubious (if not stolen) election result. This is a step toward endorsing more political violence and endangering democratic government.
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