The Political Uses of the Past Project is back from a midsummer break

In addition, the project’s history scraper/sniffer is now pulling political uses of the past from five Sunday morning talk shows (CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox). More sources will be added soon.

Project Update: New Sources Added

I’ve added the attorney general and the secretary of defense to the list of sources  fed into to my home-brewed history sniffer. The project now scrapes and sorts statements from:

Attorney General’s Office – press releases
Secretary of Defense – transcripts
Secretary of Education – speeches
Secretary of the Treasury – press releases
Secretary of Commerce – press releases
White House – transcripts, executive orders, statements
Congressional Record – House and Senate floor speeches

I’ll be adding more sources soon!

Welcome to the Political Uses of the Past Project

History matters, and not just because it enriches our lives or provides transferable skills or prevents the past from repeating itself. History also matters because our political class uses it like currency; their perceptions of the past inform their policies, color their rhetoric, and create world views.

A member of Congress recently argued that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, a source of much discontent for the Trump administration, was merely established to bring law to the wild west; now it has outlived its usefulness and can safely be abolished.  Continue reading Welcome to the Political Uses of the Past Project

Welcome to the Public Preview of Checkered History

You are looking at the first draft of a new project that will collect and check the political uses of the past. As I tie up loose ends on this site, please be patient with any glitches or errors you find. Check out the About the Project page and feel free to send your thoughts through the comments (bottom of each post) or the contact form.

Historians can start leaving ratings by following the link on each post. Comments are open and require only an email address. If all goes as planned, this site will update with new political uses of the past on a near-daily basis.