GDG- Killing Lincoln
denlaw at gojade.org
Sat Jan 14 14:04:32 CST 2012
At 01:58 PM 1/14/2012, you wrote:
>Recent examples of American popular historians with academic affiliations
>include Stephen Ambrose, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Pauline Maier.
>Non-academics include Bruce Catton, Shelby Foote and Barbara Tuchman.
Yes, there is no negativity implied in the term popular
historians. Like academic historians, some do a better job than others.
Academics write books that maybe only read by other academics. I
have a friend who is publishing a detailed primary source
documentation of the trial of Gabriel for the Virginia slave
rebellion. Few people have a use for that except other scholars.
So it is a question of audience that drives the content and focus
of the publication , not quality of the work that defines the two.
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