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  • Why Conservatives Are So Upset About the 1619 Project

    by Adam Bruno

    Conservative pundits conceive of the past as determined by the actions of “great men,” defined by heroic and noble acts of patriotism from its citizens, and generally memorable for its unifying moments not its shameful ones. The 1619 Project counters all these notions. 



  • The Weaponization of History

    by Wilfred M. McClay

    Ignorantly invoking slavery or the Holocaust is an affront to those who seriously study the past.



  • A Brief History of the History Wars

    by Rebecca Onion

    Conservative uproar over the New York Times’ 1619 Project is just the most recent clash in a decades-old battle over how we should understand American history.


  • Please stop saying the past is in the past. It isn’t.

    by Perry Greene

    Nike dropped its Air Max USA 1 shoe after former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick worried that the “Betsy Ross” flag design harkens back to an era of black slavery and has been used by white nationalist groups. 



  • The Lingering of Loss

    by Jill Lepore

    My best friend left her laptop to me in her will. Twenty years later, I turned it on and began my inquest.