I Rise to Speak in Favor of the Discipline I Taught

by Bob Schoone-Jongen In the wake of President Trump’s embrace of “patriotic history” at the National Archives on Thursday, I rise to speak in favor of the discipline I taught, studied, researched, and wrote about for decades. I also rise to oppose categorically the debauched definition of history he espoused in that hallowed national space …

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A Sainted Slave of the 18th Century

by Eric M. Washington. In the context of the English-speaking Atlantic World during the 18th century, many of the oppressed were African enslaved persons. During this time more enslaved Africans became Christians partly because of the Great Awakening. There is evidence from the mouths and pens of enslaved African Christians that the gospel that they …

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The Irony of the “Blackest Name in America”

by Eric M. Washington. Washington may be the most important name in the United States of America. It is the name of the capital city, the 42nd state, and thirty counties (including Washington Parish, Louisiana) and fifty one cities, towns, villages, and unincorporated communities with Washington somewhere in their names. All of these names are …

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Cover of the book Half Has Never Been Told by Edward Baptist

The Half Has Never Been Told

by Jim Bratt. From time to time I like to use this blog to air out some conversation, or combat, going on inside the guild of American historians. The arguments never stop, with the happy consequence that we members of the profession are kept in work. But sometimes things get tiresome. That’s the case with …

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