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Why Be a Pragmatic Historian?

When discussing any topic, it’s useful to start with definitions so that everyone involved is on the same page. I sincerely believe this is one of the reasons for the political polarization we see in the United States today, a lack of common, agreed-upon definitions. Instead, terms like “family values” or “immigration” are tossed around and people nod or shake their heads at whoever is using the term, depending upon the definition they are operating…

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