Commentary

Robert E. Lee and the legacy of an inconvenient name

If your name is Robert Lee these days — whatever your middle initial — you stand to be the brunt of somebody’s joke. “Hey, Bobby,” some wag will exclaim across the workplace, “after lunch we’re going to the parking lot and tear down your statue.” Since I bear the name Roy Clark — shared with […]

Networks let us down when they don’t put historians on TV

This month’s events in Charlottesville have shown how vital history is to our identity and how we make sense of our world. How do we understand such moments of violence, confrontation and anger? Where do these movements and sentiments originate? What type of nation are we, where acts of bigotry and hate can happen? History […]