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Historians in the News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • Leonard Moore: On Teaching Black History to White People

    Dr. Leonard Moore of the University of Texas, author of the new "Teaching Black History to White People," discusses the challenges of teaching about racism in America, both from conservatives who often demand "colorblindness" and elements of the "woke left" who often demand intellectual safety.



  • How Cigarettes Became a Civil Rights Issue

    Medical Historian Keith Wailoo's new book argues that tobacco companies have systematically targeted Black communities with advertisements for menthol cigarettes and enlisted Black civil rights leaders to oppose regulations on flavored tobacco sales. 



  • David Graeber and David Wengrow Have Given Human History a Rewrite

    by William Deresiewicz

    A new effort at a synthesis of the sweep of human history upends what recent popularizers have presented as a progressive path from hunter-gatherer society to corporate capitalism by emphasizing choice, contingency, and the possibility of doing things differently.



  • AHA Announces 2021 Prize Winners

    HNN congratulates the winners of the AHA's awards for publication, teaching, and service to the profession. 



  • "This Obstinate Little Man": Tom Segev on Ben-Gurion as the King Lear of Zionism

    "Ben-Gurion was not a saint and should not be made into one posthumously. An unvarnished account of his vices is essential, but so is an appreciation of his merits." A reviewer says Tom Segev's new biography sheds little light on his influence over the Zionist movement and the Israeli state.



  • Timuel Black, 102: Historian and Organizer of Black Chicago

    Timuel Black mobilized the political power of the predominantly Black South Side of Chicago, taught others — including a young Barack Obama — how to do the same, and in his final decades compiled oral histories giving voice to his community’s Black working class.



  • Early Pregnancy Testing Required Sacrificing Rabbits

    Women have always had an interest in detecting pregancy as soon as possible; the development of tests for pregnancy hormones involved fugitives from the Nazis and unfortunate rodents who were autopsied in early tests.