Why Historians Study History

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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 Virginia and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor of History at Harvard University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven books.
Caroline Winterer, the Director of the Stanford University Humanities Center and co-author of the Mapping the Republic of Letters Project.

These four historians share what they think the study of history is, why they do the work they do, and how they present their work to the world.

4 Historians
 Top: Rebecca Onion and Alan Taylor; Bottom: Laurel Ulrich and Caroline Winterer

What You’ll Discover

  • How historians define history
  • Why historians study the past
  • What the past can teach us about the present
  • How historians present their work to the world
  • The Mapping the Republic of Letters Project
  • The Slate Vault blog
  • Slate Academy: History of American Slavery podcast
  • Benjamin Franklin’s social network

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