Our Fathers’ Freedom: The American Revolution and the COVID Crisis

by Will C. De Man In the days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are filled with a general feeling of anxiety and worry. For some, it’s anxiety over how they’ll keep up their rent or pay their bills. Others worry for their sick or elderly loved ones, who are particularly at risk. Still others have …

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The Dreaded Second Question – Or, In Defense of My Major

by Matt Beukema. You’ve likely heard the question or even asked it yourself. After answering “History” to the question of what I studied in college comes that dreaded second question. The question that comes nearly 90% of the time to history (and English, I’m sure) graduates. “Do you want to teach?” I don’t know why …

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How Donald Trump Ruined My Day and (Almost) Owed Me $15

by Jesse Damsteegt Whatever our political leanings, for many of us the 2016 election season has been stressful and disruptive. But for Calvin student Jesse Damsteegt, the election excitement unfolded at the site of her history internship.  This fall semester, Jesse is interning at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids, helping …

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Ask the Author: Daniel Williams on God’s Own Party

by Kristin Du Mez. I’m not sure I’ve assigned a monograph in a history course before that was more eagerly devoured than Daniel Williams’ God’s Own Party. “I can’t believe I didn’t know any of this before!” was a frequent refrain, and this in a class of upper-level History and Political Science majors, self-proclaimed political …

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Ask the Author: David Swartz on Moral Minority

by Kristin Du Mez. We’re in the midst of a fascinating political season. As we look to potential realignments, particularly when it comes to the role of evangelicals in party politics, it is worth looking to history to see if we might be able to gain greater insight into our current situation. One important book …

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Service-learning for the history student

by Anna Lindner. (Excerpt from the Service-Learning at Calvin College blog.) The history department, by virtue of its nature, could and, I believe, should have a close relationship with the Service-Learning Center. History is not merely the study of the past; it is also an investigation of humans, the way they perceive and then try …

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