Recommendations for Books to Use in Public History Course

In a recent post, I asked for recommendations for advice on books to use in a public history course. I suggested four that I used in an historical interpretation course: Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small, Representations of Slavery: Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums (Smithsonian Books, 2002) Michael Kammen, Mystic Chords of Memory: …

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What Belongs in a Public History Course?

I've been mulling over the idea of putting together a public history course. We don't have the resources to develop a major in public history, but by pairing a course or two with an internship and practicum, a minor might be a possibility. If we go through with such a change, I'm expecting that it will …

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Commemorating Liberty and Slavery in Philadelphia

Yesterday, the New York Times ran reviewed the new exhibit, “The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation,” which opens today. The exhibit treats the Philadelphia house where George Washington and John Adams lived as presidents during the 1790s. (The U.S. had several capital cities in its early years before …

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