Projecting history

Historians are taking seriously the old adage about those who ignore the past being doomed to repeat it.


Inside Higher Ed reports today that history scholars around the country are forming a new organization, Historians Against Slavery, which will raise awareness of human trafficking today by changing the way slavery is taught on college campuses.

Wheaton College History Professor Kathryn Tomasek is among those contemplating how to incorporate this into her teaching. She told Inside Higher Ed about her idea to have students study the advocacy methods of 19th century abolitionists and propose plans for applying those strategies to contemporary efforts combating slavery.

“Students need not carry out such a plan, but they should take into account arguments they might encounter for and against contemporary abolition and how those would compare to such arguments in the nineteenth century.”