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History

Bar charts showing tenure-track, non-tenure-track, and other history job listings over the years.
Aug 31, 2022
New report from the American Historical Association shows that job ads, a proxy for faculty hiring, declined dramatically in 2020–21 but have started to rebound. The long-term outlook remains sobering.

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January 8, 2016
Historians debate the value and place for Confederate monuments, memorials and other symbols.
January 8, 2016
Historians' panel centers on what it takes to write good military history. Hint -- it's not brass.
October 9, 2015
Sacramento State finds no wrongdoing by professor who was accused of insulting a Native American student, nor by the student who challenged what the professor said about genocide.
September 15, 2015
At Sacramento State, student says she was kicked out of class for insisting that Native Americans were victims of genocide. As incident is investigated, debate grows over whether she was treated unfairly -- and how to handle classroom discussions of this sort.
August 26, 2015
We divide history into periods just to keep it manageable. Scott McLemee reports on a discussion of whether we're doing it right.
August 20, 2015
A new study probes the secret life a European scholar brought with him to the United States. Scott McLemee finds the mystery only deepens.
August 5, 2015
The 18th century saw the rise of a taste for crumbling architecture and beautiful ruins. Scott McLemee looks at a study of the contemporary equivalent.
July 31, 2015
New framework for AP U.S. history has more American exceptionalism and more on the Founding Fathers, responding to critics who said first version was too leftist.
July 15, 2015
Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.
July 6, 2015
David C. Williard says students need help to move beyond the "heritage vs. hate" dichotomy.

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