What We’re Reading: April 26, 2012

Today’s roundup of interesting articles and links from around the web includes reports on the 2012 Jefferson Lecture, HNN coverage of the OAH/NCPH annual meeting, a look at never constructed buildings in Washington, D.C., the connection between history and law, 101 nonfiction stories, and more.

News

Glimpses of the Past

Insights

  • Dusting Off First Drafts of HistoryDusting Off First Drafts of History
    Andrew Nagorski, a journalist during the collapse of the Soviet union  reflects on the maxim that "journalism is the first draft of history" and notes that often what reporters get wrong is more valuable than what they get right.
  • Can Students Learn Law "Without Knowing One Whit of History"?
    The Legal History Blog’s Karen Tani is in a discussion on the uses of history in courses on poverty law. Amy Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School, is skeptical that history can help with today’s most important domestic policy questions: "I submit that all these questions can be meaningfully addressed without knowing one whit of history."
  • Shift Happens
    David Weinberger looks back on Thomas Kuhn’s pivotal book , The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Writing

Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Allen Mikaelian

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