Civil War Era Studies
I love being wrong. I think every historian should love that feeling. Finding that one small piece of evidence that puts a crack in your perception of the past and makes you restructure your view of the flow of history is a joy.
I had one of those moments a few weeks ago at Adams County Historical Society, digging through the vertical files for random things. I go digging every week or so, simply immersing myself in the raw material of the past and seeing what floats to the surface. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "An 1858 Patent Office Report: The Joy of Being Wrong" (2012). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 123.