The Lighter Side

Historians are well aware that their discipline faces many troubling problems. The dismal state of the academic job market. The abysmal lack of knowledge of American history by the nation’s own citizens. Being constantly reminded of these things by our non-historian friends.

But there is a problem more daunting than any of these. I’m talking, of course, about the never-ending nature of our discipline. While each day brings clarity and understanding to the scientific community, it provides us with only more events to analyze and master.

For future generations of students, this is what the American History since 1865 textbook will look like.

This realization brings hope that historians will always be needed. But what kind of Sisyphean existence will it entail?

Read more here.

Thanks to Dr. Giesberg for sharing the article.


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