Yesterday our friends who teach sixth grade were asking: how do I talk to my students about the insurrection that just happened at the U.S. Capitol? Today on Twitter, I saw an editor from Black Perspectives urging historians of the Reconstruction to put yesterday’s events in historical perspective. Are there lessons from history? How did we get here? What was that; what language should we use to talk about it? We’re working on acquiring new content to address these questions, but in the meantime, this previously published content puts a lot of what we saw yesterday in perspective and may help foster dialogue among students of the world. As always, the stories here and the underlying scholarship are free to all readers. We’ll be updating this syllabus and welcome suggestions.
November 3, 2016
Although in-person voter fraud is close to nonexistent, it’s a big concern for many voters.
November 14, 2016
How do presidential transitions really work? Political science scholarship on White House staffers provides some insight.
January 7, 2021
The horrific caning of Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate in 1856 marked one of the most divisive moments in U.S. political history.
July 4, 2016
The 1800 election saw America's first contested presidential campaigns: Thomas Jefferson vs. John Adams.
June 24, 2015
Different interpretations of confederate flag and confederate battle iconography.
April 6, 2015
An experiment in Political Psychology points to just how powerful the confederate flag continues to be in stirring up racist attitudes among whites.
July 15, 2015
The mythos of the The Lost Cause of the Confederacy.
July 9, 2018
Some political philosophers suggest that arguments about civility are a distraction from the real political issues.
November 22, 2016
Was Abraham Lincoln's the most tumultuous presidential transition in American history?
March 19, 2018
Gerrymandering is the process by which districts for the House of Representatives are drawn so that one party has a distinct election advantage.
March 7, 2019
Why was the Weather Underground group labelled as a terrorist organization, while the KKK was not? A brief look at the history of domestic terrorism.
February 19, 2015
The four main metaphors of counter terrorism and their implications.
December 21, 2016
2016 was certainly an unstable time in history. Even the way we use language to convey our collective fears about the state of society seems fractured.
August 30, 2017
When is speech violence? Sometimes. It depends. That’s a complicated question.
January 19, 2017
Got impeachment? Not much. In American history, there have only been a total of 19 impeachment trials in the U.S. Senate.
March 8, 2016
Donald Trump’s evil genius lies in using the unique capacities of online communication to fuel and ignite anxiety, fueling authoritarian sentiments.
January 24, 2017
The first live-tweeting presidency resembles the broadcast-era version of democracy more than the kind of democracy the internet was supposed to enable.
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