Historians: As obsolete as the VCR?

How will the role of a historian change with the abundance of information in our digital world? As hard as it will be for historians to share the growing pool of information with non-historian people, I think that the role of a historian will ultimately always be valued. Historians will still continue to publish in reputable peer reviewed, academic journals; something that would be hard for non-historians to do. Historians will also possess the academic training that amateurs lack, and most importantly, let’s not forget about all the things civilization has amassed over the centuries. We still need specially trained people to take care of artifacts and interpret old documents and letters, among countless other things. Continue reading

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Lies, Lies, Lies!

After reading a chapter of James Loewen’s Lies Across America, I remembered how much I enjoyed Loewen and his writing. In an American history seminar class during my undergrad, I read his book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, which was awesome. Yes, Loewen is very biased, but his book was so enjoyable. It was very interesting and read like a novel, something any non-historian (or historian!) can get behind! If you’re interested in checking it out (which you totally should), read my synopsis after the jump to see if it’s something you’d enjoy. Continue reading