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When to Rename a Building, and Why

Yale adopts a new approach to deciding whether Calhoun College and other university properties need new names.

Nov. 18 2016 2:32 PMHimHis election that November came as a surprise…
Nov. 16 2016 2:40 PMWhat the Mass Deportation of Immigrants Might Look LikeOperation Wetback didn’t merely enforce immigration law—it enforced the idea that American citizens are white.
Nov. 8 2016 8:19 AMAn Election for the Dark AgesA medievalist on the uses and misuses of history in the 2016 campaign.
Oct. 14 2016 7:27 AMNeutron SundayIn 1956, Ed Sullivan showed America what nuclear holocaust looks like. We were never the same again.
Sept. 2 2016 3:57 PMHow Do Descendants of Slaves Find Their Ancestors?Georgetown’s decision highlights the difficulties black Americans face in tracing their lineages.
Aug. 30 2016 5:56 PMWhen Malcolm X Met Fidel CastroThe history behind the photographs on Colin Kaepernick’s T-shirt.
July 28 2016 2:14 PMWhat Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Understand About SlaveryThe kindness of masters is meaningless in the context of a hereditary chattel system that turned humans into property.
July 6 2016 5:30 AMIs the Greatest Collection of Slave Narratives Tainted by Racism?In the 1930s, the federal government sent (mostly white) interviewers to learn about slavery from former slaves. Can we trust the stories they brought back?
June 14 2016 5:17 PMWhat Gun Control Advocates Can Learn From AbolitionistsSlave ownership was once as entrenched in American life as gun ownership.
May 5 2016 5:55 AMAmerica’s Lost History of Border ViolenceTexas Rangers and civilian vigilantes killed thousands of Mexican-Americans in a campaign of terror. A century later, will the state finally acknowledge the bloodshed?
March 31 2016 6:00 AMThe Art of the New DealHow an inexperienced New Yorker famous for his name emerged from the contested 1932 convention to win the presidency.
March 4 2016 5:53 AMK TroopThe story of the eradication of the original Ku Klux Klan.
Jan. 28 2016 8:46 AMGladiators of the Sea The floating bloodbaths that delighted Roman emperors.
Jan. 18 2016 5:30 AMAmerica’s Other Original SinEuropeans didn’t just displace Native Americans—they enslaved them, and encouraged tribes to participate in the slave trade, on a scale historians are only beginning to fathom.
Dec. 23 2015 1:38 PMWho Was Hugh Glass?The Revenant is just the latest in a long history of retellings of Glass’ ordeal. Why does every generation of Americans revisit his story?
Nov. 17 2016 6:02 PMIs Racism a Disease?Is a psychological diagnosis a useful way to view racism—or does it merely absolve the racist of blame?
Nov. 9 2016 5:43 PMThere Is No Solace in the PastLooking to history for an analogue to Trump’s victory does a disservice to the present and the past.
Oct. 28 2016 5:47 AMNo Girls AllowedHow America’s persistent preference for brash boys over “sivilizing” women fuelled the candidacy of Donald Trump.
Sept. 16 2016 3:25 PMAmerica Has Always Seen Ambitious Women as UnhealthyThe long, sad history of accusing women who seek power and influence of ugliness and ill health.
Sept. 2 2016 12:41 PMWhat White Catholics Owe Black AmericansWe were among the greatest beneficiaries of the American dream. It’s time to acknowledge that our dream was built on profits plundered from black women, men, and children.
Aug. 9 2016 5:45 AMThe Original Attack DogJames Callender spread scurrilous stories about Alexander Hamilton and John Adams. Then he turned on Thomas Jefferson, too.
July 22 2016 3:25 PMIs 2016 the Worst Year in History?It’d have to be worse than 1348. And 1836. And 1919 …
June 21 2016 2:08 PMWhy the Racial Wealth Gap Harms Everyone—Even WhitesRacism drives down wages for white workers too.
May 13 2016 5:45 AMSome Things Are Worth Forgetting In a provocative new book, David Rieff questions whether remembering the past can really spare us from repeating it.
April 29 2016 4:43 PMAndrew Jackson’s Adopted Indian SonWas bringing home an Indian boy—after slaughtering his family—an act of compassion or of political expedience?
March 8 2016 8:30 AMRoller Skating Socials and a Black Rosie the RiveterDiscovering a different side of black history in the archives of the black press.
Feb. 8 2016 9:03 AMHow Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Won the 1964 New Hampshire Primary Without Lifting a Finger Four friends thought running the “old man” would be a fun thing to do.
Jan. 18 2016 5:31 AMNative American Slaves in New FranceAs many as 10,000 Indians were enslaved between 1660–1760. Here are the names we know. 
Jan. 6 2016 11:41 AMIs History Written About Men, by Men?A careful study of recent popular history books reveals a genre dominated by generals, presidents—and male authors.  
Dec. 11 2015 5:29 AMA New History of ProhibitionHow the ban on booze gave rise to prejudiced policing, the penal system, and the modern American right wing.

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