SOURCE: Mother Jones
The popular historian and biographer Jon Meacham has been a major influence on Joe Biden's political outlook, and potentially on his policy agenda. Does a view of history informed by conflicts of virtue and values offer a path to fixing corrupted or hollowed-out institutions? Are academic historians jealous?
SOURCE: The New Yorker
At its best, the "You're Wrong About" podcast transcends fact-checking and debunking to ask why so many of the stories we know are wrong, and why they persist nevertheless.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Gillian Brockell
Ken Burns's Civil War documentary series sparked tremendous interest in history, but the series has a big Shelby Foote problem.
SOURCE: Washington Post
You can’t throw a potato peel without hitting a new bestseller about the perils of Nazi Germany.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ breaks box-office records
by Walter G. Moss
Reflections of a master historian.
SOURCE: The American Conservative
by R.J. Stove
Is the popular historian worth another look?
SOURCE: Cosmic America
Keith Harris blogs at Cosmic America and holds a PhD in history from the University of Virginia.Greetings Cosmic Americans!Of course, I believe that the answer is yes. This summer, I will take part in a panel at the Civil War Institute’s annual conference at Gettysburg College with fellow Civil War bloggers Kevin Levin, Brooks Simpson, and Mark Grimsley. The so-called “gulf” is one of the principal issues that I will be addressing.Years ago, before the Internet opened the doors for real-time access to just about anyone anywhere in the world, the television historical documentary probably stood alone as the medium most likely to serve as the middle ground on which academic historians and an informed public might relate.
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