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Roundup



  • A Practical Path to Condemn and Disqualify Donald Trump

    by Philip Zelikow

    The standard of proof required for the Senate to bar Donald Trump from holding office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment only demands that Trump gave aid and comfort to enemies of the Constitution, not that he participated in an insurrection. As his own words demonstrate that he did, this path should be followed. 



  • 4 Cautionary Tales from the French Revolution

    by Christine Adams

    A historian of revolutionary France argues that the period presents cautions about the prevalence of disinformation, the potential of rhetoric to incite, the folly of blaming singular figures for broad trends and movements, and the cynicism that flows from efforts to undermine the legitimacy of democratic institutions. 



  • Please Stop Calling Things Archives: An Archivist's Plea

    by B.M. Watson

    "As many historians currently use the word “archives,” they seem to imply that an archive is the natural state in which primary sources arrange themselves after being discarded or left by their creators."



  • “Many Students Are Now Taught in School to Hate Their Own Country”

    by Jonathan Wilson

    The biggest problem with the "1776 Commission" report is its broad and unfounded assumptions about how students actually respond to history classes. The report never asks if students might love America more because it has moved on from the 18th century, because its purpose is ideological grievance, not effective teaching. 



  • J. M. Keynes and the Visible Hands

    by Kent Puckett

    John Maynard Keynes's disgust at the outcome of the peace negotiations at the end of the Great War led him to write a scathing and influential book about the economic impact of the Treaty of Versailles. Unfortunately, the account, which overstated the economic devastation imposed on Germany, fueled Hitler's propaganda and made the rest of Europe unable to perceive the threat of German rearmament. 



  • What Julian Bond Taught Me About Politics and Power

    by Jeanne Theoharis

    A student of Congressman Julian Bond and a biographer of Rosa Parks, Jeanne Theoharis describes how those two figures demonstrated the real political story behind the mythologized civil rights movement. 



  • Lives Derailed: Notes from Migration Encounters

    by Anita Isaacs and Anne Preston

    "The contributions of immigrants, and the human toll of anti-immigrant policies should take center stage as we renew our national conversation on immigration."



  • Racist Histories and the AHA

    by Sarah Jones Weicksel and James Grossman

    "By undertaking this project, the AHA seeks to understand and document the complexity of its role in the evolution and persistence of American racism in order for the organization, and for historians, to use our knowledge and professional resources to chart pathways to a more just and equitable future."



  • Reflections On An Imploding Empire

    by Russell Rickford

    Progressive dissidents must meet the moment of Biden's inauguration by not settling for what liberal politicians offer on economic justice, human rights, environment, labor, and health. 



  • The Origins of Trump’s Slapdash, Last-Second ‘1776 Report’

    by Joshua Tait

    Putting the "1776 Commission" report into context requires understanding that it's not just a "conservative" project, but a product of a movement to define the United States as the realization of classical and Biblical civilization imperiled by relativism and multiculturalism. 



  • Yes, the Senate Can Try Trump

    by Keith E. Whittington

    The debates at the constitutional convention over the impeachment power don't give any suggestion that that power would be limited to current government officials. 



  • The Dying Art of Political Persuasion

    by David Bromwich

    "The work of changing people’s minds may succeed best when it recalls the affinity of political argument with morals and manners that have become second nature."