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Historians in the News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • Cornel West and the Insular World of the Obama-Hating Left

    "Tom Frank, an anti-Obama leftist, interviews Cornel West, another anti-Obama leftist, in a conversation so deeply marinated in shared assumptions that, at one point, both interviewer and interviewee agree that nobody disagrees with them."

  • Is this the way to teach history? Mark Carnes thinks so.

    Called “Reacting to the Past,” the program immerses students -- largely self-directed -- into historical events such as the drafting of the U.S. Constitution or the trial of the Renaissance astronomer Galileo Galilei.

  • It's hard to be an optimist today, but Juan Cole is

    by Irshad Manji

    "For all of the 'liking' and 'sharing,' [Juan] Cole shows [in his new book] that the revolution’s most important triumphs took place in the sphere of physical effort — the “meatspace.”

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