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Donald Trump


  • Trump’s Comments on History Point Down a Stalinist Road

    by Walter G. Moss

    During the 1930s, Stalin directed historians and schools to teach patriotism to help convince Soviet citizens that, like earlier Russian leaders such as Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible, and Peter the Great, he was defending Russian interests.



  • What Trump Doesn’t Understand About U.S. History

    by Sean Wilentz

    The real choice isn’t between Trump’s rendition of our history and the 1619 Project’s. It’s between ideological distortion and respect for facts, skepticism about pat answers and, above all, refusal to shape the past to fit a fixed political agenda.



  • Is it Fascism Yet?

    Columnist Renée Graham cites Ruth Ben-Ghiat's history of Italian fascism as a warning about authoritarianism's growth. 



  • Telling the Truth About Slavery Is Not ‘Indoctrination’

    “'We have too often a deliberate attempt so to change the facts of history that the story will make pleasant reading for Americans,' Du Bois wrote in Black Reconstruction." Today, American students' levels of ignorance about slavery suggests this too often remains true. 


  • The White House Conference on History

    by HNN Staff

    On September 17, Constitution Day, the White House convened a panel discussion of the importance of history to the nation, devoting strong criticism to recent trends emphasizing the importance of racism to the founding and development of the nation.



  • Revisionist History is an American Political Tradition

    by Michael D. Hattem

    American politicians have constantly tweaked the story of the nation's past for political advantage. Maybe revisionist history by historians isn't so bad. 



  • Trump’s TikTok Deal Shows how Trade with China is Woven into the American DNA

    by Sean Fraga

    "Americans’ beliefs about the value of transpacific trade informed every aspect of the transcontinental railroads. This history shows how deeply trade with China is woven into the American fabric and suggests President Trump’s hostility toward China is unlikely to outlast his administration."



  • I Rise to Speak In Favor of the Discipline I Taught

    by Bob Schoone-Jongen

    A retired history professor from a leading Christian institution rejects the premise that the historian's obligation is to promote a patriotic view of the past. 



  • Dear Donald, Dear Mr. President: A Trump-Nixon ’80s tale

    Letters between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon in the 1980s, recently released by the Nixon Library, show the two men bonded over themes that resonate today: a shared distrust of the media, a desire to maximize TV ratings, the idea of using people as “props,” and more.



  • Donald Trump’s Bizarre History Conference

    by Ron Radosh

    "There is good history and bad history, and either can be written by historians on the left or on the right. There is no such thing as left-wing history or right-wing history. There is only historical research and the conclusions drawn from evidence."