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New Yorker pieces written by a professional historian

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These are written by Jill Lepore, who has written academically about King Philip’s War and slavery in 18th-century Manhattan, among other topics.  She started an English major, went into American studies, and is now the chair of History and Literature at Harvard.  So she’s as academic as you can get – but also is a great example of how historical research training can allow you to comment well on a host of other topics in the non-academic world.  ...

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Nonfiction writing

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Historians, perhaps more than many kinds of academics, often find themselves in the role of public intellectual, needing to translate ideas gained from their scholarship to others.  Having studied our nation’s development and character, historians get asked to lend perspective on current events.  Whether this happens in flagship publications or in conversations over a family BBQ, the study of history lends itself to non-academic conversation.  You’re likely to need to develop your skills communicating your understandings of the world...

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New Yorker Article example

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Although you can browse around in the reporting and essays section for more examples of the kind of article we’re talking about, this week’s essay by Malcolm Gladwell uses history to ask questions about modern social activism, Facebook, and...

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Colorado River Drying Up

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A seven-state negotiation will decide if Arizona and Nevada get even less of the water still left....

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Mexican Immigration Reactions

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George, or anyone interested in SW immigration, there’s an article in the NYTimes today on the practice of leaving water for immigrants crossing through the Arizona desert, and how the state/border patrol is reacting to it....

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Background reading in American History

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Taking a course in regional history can be tough if you don’t have a strong undergrad background in US history.  If you don’t, or you just want a quick refresher, here are some suggestions: — for a good grasp of the major events and peoples in American history, taking a look at a balanced survey textbook like Out of Many is a good idea.  Read through the table of contents.  Do you remember most of it?  If there’s an...

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Beautiful Things

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Sometimes Facebook can toss you a really great find. A friend commented on someone’s album, and I found an artist – Jean Albus – I just love.  Best of all, she’s from right over on the other side of Elbow Creek, where I grew up. Check out these photos:     What a contrast to more familiar western art, like this piece at the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody! (I can’t link to it directly as they use flash, but you’ll...

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