Public History: From Preservation to Narrative

My latest essay for the Society for U.S. Intellectual History recently went live in two separate installments. Part one is here and part two is here. My aims in the essay are threefold:

1. I argue that the standard narrative for explaining the roots of public history in the United States is in need of serious reconsideration and revision.

2. I review three works of public history scholarship that represent larger trends within the field’s recent historiography.

3. I present ideas on how intellectual and public historians can learn from each other and improve their respective crafts.

Hope you enjoy reading. Cheers.

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