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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History$
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Richard S. Kirkendall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001

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Discovering Public History in an Unlikely Place

Discovering Public History in an Unlikely Place

UC, Santa Barbara, 1976 and After

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(p.317) 34 Discovering Public History in an Unlikely Place
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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
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Otis L. Graham Jr.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0034

This chapter discusses the pioneering public history program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where the term was coined and the National Council on Public History was founded. It offers a complex interpretation of the relations between the Organization of American Historians (OAH) and the movement, suggesting that, beginning in the late 1970s, the OAH often reached out to public historians and made progress. The chapter also comments that many academics need to pay more attention to what public historians can offer.

Keywords:   public history program, University of California, National Council on Public History, Organization of American Historians, public historians

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