Keepers of Our Past: Local Historical Writing in the United States, 1820s-1930s

Hardcover | September 1, 1988

byDavid J. Russo

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Long before Americans were imbued with the sense of a national past, local antiquarians and amateur historians wrote about the people, places, and happenings that were closest to their hearts, creating in the process a historical record of incalculable value. This gold mine of information and commentary is often overlooked by today's scholars. Russo's book puts us in touch with the historical consciousness of the American people and the once-paramount concern for the particular, the concrete, and the familiar.

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Long before Americans were imbued with the sense of a national past, local antiquarians and amateur historians wrote about the people, places, and happenings that were closest to their hearts, creating in the process a historical record of incalculable value. This gold mine of information and commentary is often overlooked by today's s...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:295 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:September 1, 1988Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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ISBN - 10:0313262365

ISBN - 13:9780313262364

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?Before academic historians turned their attention to local history, it was, as this work documents, the domain of the antiquarians. In his expertly written study, Russo, has paid homage to these custodians of the community's past. He has produced a valuable addition to the historiographical literature on the writing of American history. Of particular importance is the last chapter, in which Russo shows the process by which the local historian lost his specialty to the academician. A careful reading of Russo's conclusion is recommended to PhD candidates and professional historians researching and writing local history. The footnotes, along with the complete bibliography, should prove informative to those interested in the history of historical writings. A required acquisition for all four-year institutions and research libraries.?-Choice