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Historians/History


  • The Lynching of David Wyatt

    by Greg Bailey

    Lynching and mob terrorism against African Americans have never been a strictly southern phenomenon as a bloody incident from southern Illinois's histrory reveals. 


  • Turn out the Lights: When the Last American Diplomats Fled China

    by Joe Renouard

    The U.S. diplomats who left China in 1949 left oral histories that are now archived at the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Their stories warning how how misunderstandings, misplaced hopes, and missed opportunities can poison relations between great powers.


  • Lessons on Isolation and Humanity in a Family's Letters from Hiding

    by Daphne Geismar

    A virus doesn’t discriminate. But our social structures, systemic biases, and policy choices have made some populations particularly vulnerable. This pandemic has changed us. We must make changes so this tragedy, like the Holocaust, isn’t repeated.


  • "Western Civ" Was Not a Late Invention

    by Stanley Kurtz

    America’s colleges taught Western civilization for centuries before the curricular disruptions of the 1960s, and the topic’s appeal was trans-partisan.


  • Healing And Reconciling History 100 Years After the Elaine Race Massacre

    by J. Chester Johnson

    The author's realization that his beloved grandfather had participated in a racist massacre in Elaine, Arkansas led him to an unlikely journey of reconciliation with a descendent of one of the victims of that campaign of terror, and an understanding of the need for honesty about how heritage can excuse racism.


  • Historic Houses Turn to Technology Amid COVID-19 Closures

    by Hana Hancock

    Historic home sites have responded to the COVID crisis by developing online exhibits. More work remains to be done, and many cultural and historical institutions are in financial peril from the crisis, reports HNN's Social Media Editor. 


  • Losing Women—and Women’s History—in Times of Crisis

    by Megan Kate Nelson

    Women and all of their visible and invisible labor are at the center of the COVID crisis, and they are finding their way into news coverage of the pandemic. The stories of women living and suffering and dying throughout history, however, have largely fallen by the wayside.