Category Archives: Congressional Briefings

The National History Center’s Congressional Briefings are designed to provide historical context and perspective on current issues for policy makers and members of their staff. The speakers reflect upon historical events and developments that have influenced the evolution of current policies and provide knowledge pertinent to the consideration of policy alternatives.

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.

We hope that you’ll sign up!