What We’re Reading: September 15, 2011 Edition

In the news this week, JSTOR is now offering free access to content before 1923, interviews with Jackie Kennedy are released, and Twitterstorians celebrate their second birthday. Read on for two articles on public history, C-SPAN’s new program on past presidential contenders, a man who used his retirement to earn a PhD in American history, and Jennifer Howard’s look at the lineages of scholarship. Finally, look back at September 11, 2001, through oral histories and online resources, and look forward to this year’s Constitution Day with EDSITEment and TeachingHistory.org.



  • Changing History
    Two historians, Alexandra M. Lord and Michelle L. McClellan, share their experiences navigating the history job market and ultimately both finding places in public history.
  • Historians in Public
    Related to the article above, Tom Bender (NYU) ponders the waning relationship between academics and the public sphere, and also notes a few areas where that connection remains alive and vital.
  • C-SPAN: The Contenders
    Last Friday, C-SPAN launched a new weekly program called The Contenders that’s meant to put “America’s present electoral politics in historical perspective” by looking “across time, political parties, and geography to present some key figures who have run for president and lost, but changed political history nevertheless.”
  • Richard Smith

  • A PhD in History for a Man Who Has Seen a Good Bit of It
    Richard Smith put his retirement to good use, pursuing and earning a PhD in American history from Florida International University, “becoming the oldest graduate in the institution’s history.”
  • Citation by Citation, New Maps Chart Hot Research and Scholarship’s Hidden Terrain
    Jennifer Howard at the Chronicle offers a fascinating look into the way citations move across disciplines (using all the JSTOR journals as a source base). Among other findings, her article suggests history may be more connected to biology than the classics.

September 11

Constitution Day

  • EDSITEment Resources
    Prepare for Constitution Day, September 17, 2011, with these resources from EDSITEment.
  • TeachingHistory.org Resources
    TeachingHistory.org has also put together a portal to Constitution Day resources, including learning resources, teaching resources, and quizzes.

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, James Grossman, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend

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