By Lauren Stokes
I just arrived in Germany for a short research trip about the regulation of family migration in West Germany. While I review West German attempts to curb migration from Turkey in the early 1980s, history gallops on outside of the archives. Angela Merkel visited Turkey this weekend in order to discuss how to tighten border controls; Henriette Reker was elected the first female mayor of Cologne on Sunday after being stabbed because of her pro-refugee stance on Saturday; and on an everyday level, local municipalities are struggling to process the new arrivals, relying on the volunteer labor of both Germans and refugees to create shelter and stability.
By now, two full years into graduate training and with two research summers under my belt, I have conducted a good number of oral histories. All are challenging in their own way, but the most emotionally challenging by far has been the one I conducted with my father this past summer.
Part of what makes doing history so exciting is that the questions and interpretive challenges never really end. In the process of tackling one question, a new one always emerges.
In 1994, the state of California put on display the uglier side of democracy: nearly 60 percent of the electorate voted into law Proposition 187, the so-called Save Our State initiative,
I became interested in history when I was deployed in the Middle East in 2008. I was troubled by boredom and the simplistic (and nationalistic) ways in which both my subordinates and superiors spoke and thought about American history
The AHA Local Arrangements Committee and the New-York Historical Society invite you to a fascinating roundtable session, followed by an exclusive exhibition tour.
At the National History Center’s latest Congressional Briefing, held last Friday, September 12, scholars offered a fresh perspective on one of the most vexing and polarizing issues currently confronting Congress.