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History’s Public Function

Eric Foner

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0041
History’s Public Function

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This chapter presents a commentary by Eric Foner, former president of the Organization of American Historians. He emphasizes two themes: the expansion during the 1990s of the Organization of American Historians' public role and “history's sudden emergence as a “wedge issue” in the so-called culture wars”.

Keywords: Eric Foner; Organization of American Historians; historical associations; presidents; culture wars

Chapter.  1458 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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