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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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Public History and the Academy

Public History and the Academy

A Continuum of Practice

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(p.323) 35 Public History and the Academy
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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
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Marla R. Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0035

This chapter challenges the very idea that a great divide separates “public” from “conventional” historians. It cites institutional factors for the gaps that do exist but says that the Organization of American Historians “has maintained an ongoing (if sometimes comparatively marginal) interest in public history issues over its entire hundred year history.” It urges historians to focus on the “common ground” that unites them “because the crisis that faces the discipline is shared by all of us.” The crisis is a widespread neglect of history, based upon doubts about the value of historical study.

Keywords:   public historians, conventional historians, American history, Organization of American Historians

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