What We’re Reading: March 20, 2008

To begin this week we point to a number of articles that feature historians talking about the history profession and historians themselves. Then, sit in on a class led by James Sheehan when you watch the podcast of “History of the International System.” This past weekend the Smithsonian announced their new secretary is Georgia Tech’s current president; we link to three sites’ coverage on the news. Also, hear from Stan Katz on liberal education and the history major, read a critique of the new John Adams series on HBO, and check out a webcast of oral histories. And finally, checkout what we’re reading offline, with History News from the AASLH.

Historians on historians

What Else We’re Reading

Offline Reading

  • History News
    The Winter 2008 edition of History News, published by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), includes two interesting articles on the politics, history, and planning of commemorations:

    1. “The Civil War Sesquicentennial: Seeking Common Ground,” by Beth Hager, summarizes discussions about the upcoming 150th anniversary of the American Civil War from the September 2007 AASLH meeting in Atlanta. The article explores how the desire for national unity obscured the role of slavery in the conflict during commemorations of the 50th, 75th, and 100th anniversaries of the war, and how plans for the 2011 sesquicentennial might avoid these pitfalls.

    2. An AASLH Technical Leaflet on “Planning Commemorations” provides further readings on the history of commemoration as well as practical suggestions for historians and historical societies planning programs about important local, state, and national events.

    While these articles are not available online, they can be purchased from the AASLH web site.

Contributors: Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, and Robert Townsend

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