Civil War Era Studies
When I try to explain to non-history people what my degree means, I used to hit wall after all. It was so hard explaining exactly what, "Applied History," really means. People understand, "History," but the idea of public history has a certain brand of special sauce added on top.
I used to say something akin to, "doing Park Ranger things," though that never really worked. When I had a group on an historical landscape, I'd often just say, "Public History is this."
It doesn't work. Those definitions aren't clear. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "Interpretation is Evolution: Whose History?" (2013). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 93.