The National History Center of the American Historical Association provides a venue in the nation's capital for all who care about the human past to make history an essential part of public conversations about current events and the shared futures of the United States and the wider world.

Congressional Briefing on the History of US Trade Policy

The Center’s latest briefing on US trade policy drew a standing-room only crowd.  At the event, historians offered two contrasting interpretations of America’s history of trade policy and assessments of its implications for today.

“Historically, Congress and the president shared responsibility for shaping US trade policy and determining its beneficiaries. But Congress has largely ceded its authority, granting President Trump near unfettered control over the process.” Read Director Dane Kennedy’s recap, “Rules of Trade: Historians Debate America’s Retreat to Protectionism,” for AHA’s Perspectives Daily. You can view a recording of the event here, in C-SPAN’s video library. Photo above courtesy of Bruce Guthrie.

History on the Hill

The Center is pleased to announce the launch of our new monthly newsletter, History on the Hill.  The newsletter provides historical insight on contemporary concerns and will be released on the last Friday of every month. Our next newsletter will be released on July 27.

The first edition of History on the Hill provided historical context for issues like immigration, the opioid epidemic, and more.  You can read the June edition of the newsletter here.

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