Everybody's History

Everybody's History : Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past

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How a group of nonprofessional historians forced a reassessment of Abraham Lincolns life story
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 153.42 x 228.35 x 17.78mm | 476.27g
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • English
  • 10 illustrations
  • 1558499156
  • 9781558499157
  • 2,096,874

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This book should be required reading for any public history program as it sheds light not only on the evolution of the field but also on the occasional 'disconnect' between public history and academia. It also acknowledges the rivalries and jealousies that can develop between scholars and between researchers, which is still the case today.--Timothy P. Townsend

This book's great value is in stimulating historians to think about what they do and how and why they do it. . . . Erekson's perceptive monograph makes the Lincoln Inquiry as relevant to the twenty-first century as it was to the nineteenth.--The Journal of American History

One wishes for more studies like this one that might link national-level historiography with the popular construction of American history.--Indiana Magazine of History

Everybody's History is both an engaging narrative of Lincoln studies in the early twentieth century and a sophisticated appraisal of the process and practices of historical inquiry. . . . Challenging, yet accessible.--The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Keith A. Erekson's intriguing little book is many things, but typical is not one of them. Part institutional history, part historiographical review, and part methodological discourse, Erekson's enthusiasm for his topic shines through on every page, giving life to a narrative that could have make for dry reading in lest invested hands.--Ohio Valley History

This is an excellent study which would be essential reading for anyone interested in oral history, public history, or Abraham Lincoln. Erekson reminds us that, while in 2012 historians may still do traditional research in climate controlled archives, they also practice history in a variety of other locations including dusty courthouses, overstuffed attics, grave sites, river bends, and reconstructed villages. . . . Erekson concludes that there are many benefits when a thousand minds participate in the public study of history 'because history is everybody's subject, everybody's history matters.' It is difficult to disagree with his conclusion.--Civil War Book Review
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About Keith A Erekson

Keith A. Erekson is assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso. Visit the author's website at http: //www.keitherekson.com/books/everybodys-history. Or find Everybody's History on Facebook at http: //www.facebook.com/everybodys.history.
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