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The History of History Writing

Historians rely on secondary historical sources almost as much as they rely on primary historical sources. But what are secondary historical sources and how do they help historians know what they know about the past? Michael McDonnell, an Associate...

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What is a Historic Source

Historians research the past through historical sources. But what are the materials that tell historians about past peoples, places, and events? Today, James Horn, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation...

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How Historians Research

Episode Summary In this episode, we investigate how historians research history by exploring the experiences of 17th- and 18th-century enslaved African and African American women. Our guide for this exploration is Jennifer L. Morgan, a...

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Why Historians Study History

Episode Summary In this episode, we speak with four accomplished historians: Rebecca Onion, the History Writer at Slate.com and a visiting scholar at Ohio University.Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Chair of American History at the University of...