I find myself struggling to come up with something to say for S-USIH this weekend. That is for a variety of reasons. First, the events of the last few days weigh heavily on my mind. I fear, however, allowing the current presidency to take up all the intellectual energy of humanities scholars. Much has been written about the rise of Donald Trump, and much more waits to be done after careful research on his campaign and presidency. Simply put, I have nothing new to add to what has been said.
Instead, I do want to bring attention to some fascinating reads in intellectual history that I came across this week. They include questions about historical narrative, famous figures from the past, and how we can continue to conceptualize the arc(s) of American history. Here is a short list—and please, add more in the comments section.