1619, 1776, 1866, 2020: The History Wars

Mar 18, 2022

11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Over the past year, we’ve watched Confederate monuments topple, public schools get renamed, celebrities get canceled and Juneteenth receive federal recognition. Some have called this moment a “culture war,” but let’s call it what it really is: a fight over how we tell our country’s story — and whose voices are included. How has our understanding of who we are changed as digital spaces and media platforms have grown and siloed? And how do we reckon with polarized perspectives on both sides — when different groups are getting information from vastly different sources? Getting people of all ages engaged in civics and history and widening the lens to include more voices can help us pave the way to knitting our country back together — and possibly change the future of "history" as we know it.

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Kelley Fanto Deetz

Stratford Hall

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Kahlil Greene


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Caroline Klibanoff

Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History

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Jason Steinhauer

History Club

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