Civil War Era Studies
Sometimes, historians (both public and academic) seem to have this oddly overblown sense of self-worth. I'll admit that I'm prone to this every so often. I'm wont to note that historic sites are temples of democracy, that interpreters ultimately are in the business of creating citizens and saving America and that in defining the past we find the present and chart the course for the future. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "We're Not Important: Historian in an Operating Room" (2013). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 72.