Public History and the Academy

Marla R. Miller

in The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790562
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896820 | DOI:
Public History and the Academy

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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

Chapter.  1998 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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