GDG- Killing Lincoln

mdblough at mdblough at
Sat Jan 14 17:50:28 CST 2012

Dennis-James McPherson proved, with "Battle Cry of Freedom" that a work could be both scholarly and highly readable at the same time. 


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-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Lawrence <denlaw at>
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Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:46:01 
To: GDG<gettysburg at>
Reply-To: GDG <gettysburg at>
Subject: Re: GDG- Killing Lincoln

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:

> >
>    On one hand we have the scholarly, academic works --- most often
> turnedout by university presses, large and small --- and which seem
> to have beenwritten more to gain tenure and force students in the
> professor's classes to pay exorbitant  amounts of money at the
> student book store to use as a textbook in that same professor's classes.
>    Then we have the Popular histories --- as the higher education
> snobs like to term it during their "What has history come to?"
> discussions in the faculty lounge . --- which people actually buy
> willingly and read enthusiastically.

     There is no negative connotation  to the term popular
history.  There are no higher education snobs who have used it in
that manner.  Then again, I have not been in the faculty lounge  when
these discussions you claim happen  occur.

Perhaps some professors misuse their scholarly work to
force  students to buy their book , but they won't get rich that
way.   I'm no fan of textbooks or textbook publishers, and we all
have horror stories of the exorbitant prices of some text.  But I do
not think you can characterize that goal  as the purpose of academic

For the most part they are part of the academic scholarship from
which popular histories can be drawn.   Invaluable resources for all.

Take Care

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