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The Deep Worry of Historians

Here’s a little secret . . . something historians talk about amongst ourselves, out of earshot of museums goers and the general public. We worry over the lack of appreciation for history. History is the Rodney Dangerfield of culture. It gets no respect in American society. We’ve heard all the aspersions against history. It’s boring. It’s hard to teach. There’s too much to know and, as high schoolers say about higher algebra, it doesn’t seem…

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