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HNN Topics


  • William Barr and the Rule of Law

    The Attorney General faces scrutiny from Congress over his role in dealing with protest, directing the course of investigations on Trump's inner circle, and the integrity of the election.


  • Historians Face Back-To-School as Parents, Too

    Historians are parents and childcaregivers (and historians teach in primary and secondary schools!) too. With a month to go until the scheduled reopening of schools, what are their thoughts on the push to return kids to classrooms?


  • Tom Cotton Goes to War with the 1619 Project

    The Arkansas Republican Senator introduced a bill to block any federal funds from being used to teach the (free) companion curriculum to the New York Times's 2019 special issue on the centrality of slavery to American history.


  • SHEAR Madness

    The Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's virtual plenary was the most exciting thing to happen on Academic Zoom since COVID. Read about the controversy.


  • Historians on the "Hamilton" Film

    The Broadway hit moves to streaming video. Historians weigh in on the source material, the relationship of the founding to slavery, and more. 


  • Trump and the Insurrection Act of 1807

    by HNN Staff

    Protests against police killings have encouraged Donald Trump to some tough talk about deploying the military to US cities. Historians discuss the legal or extralegal acts that might follow.


  • Historians Watch Grant

    by HNN Staff

    The History Channel's miniseries "Grant" invited discussion of the misremembered career and legacy of Ulysses S. Grant.