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Lillian Smith did something 70 years ago that was unusual for a white writer: She delved into the world of southern gentility to reveal the bigotry, both casual and virulent, that lay beneath. In her controversial book, “Killers of the Dream,” she unflinchingly lay bare racist sensibilities, taboos...
On Friday morning, President Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border, in order to access billions of dollars in funding for the construction of a wall. In doing so, Trump defied the authority of Congress, which had settled on a bill to fund the government that included limited...
Harold L. “Hal” Kahn, a professor emeritus of history who taught at Stanford for over 40 years, died at his home in San Francisco on Dec. 11 of natural causes. He was 88. Kahn, a specialist in 17th- and 18th-century Chinese history, was known for his engaging teaching style and sense of humor and...
Jan 16 2019
Professor Mikael D. Wolfe was awarded the Elinor Melville Prize for Best Book in Latin American Environmental History for his book Watering the Revolution: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in Mexico (Duke University Press, 2017).  The award was presented at the  ...
Dec 3 2018 | My Dear Children
              One hundred years ago, a wave of anti-Jewish violence swept over Eastern Europe, leaving as many as 300,000 Jews dead and tens of thousands of families destroyed.  Scholars today say this humanitarian tragedy should be seen as a precursor to the Holocaust just 20 years later.  And yet...

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