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Slavery after Rome, — If we reduce interpretation to its very essence, that interpretation is the facilitation of personal and meaningful connections, then similarly everyone is her own interpreter.

Hemmed in by his relativism, alienated by his bitter experience with Wilson, Becker hus not come to terms with the significance of either Hitler or the isolationist U.

Carl Becker, a prominent cultural and intellectual historian, taught in Cornell’s Department of History from through and served as the university historian from until his death in Newer Post Older Post Home.

Carl Becker’s histories and the American present

His “nervous temperaments” were indeed quickly tested. Playing with contradictions on a landscape, warping time and chronology, considering multiple and radical points of view and pitting them against each other — these are magical and transformative things you can do while interpreting that historians often frown upon when creating history.


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Sign In Forgot password? They were, as Becker himself explained, prisoners of their own limited experiences and historical knowledge. James Martin rated it liked it Apr 04, What do I mean by that? For the National Park Service, it means connecting two core historical eras they interprets — the Civil War and the struggle for Civil Rights.

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Tom Ackerman marked it as to-read Nov 16, He realized that historians help to serve Mr. Rob marked it as to-read Jan 17, I would make the same argument for interpreters. Related articles in Google Scholar. Remaining on for graduate work, Becker studied under Frederick Jackson Turner, who became his doctoral adviser there.

Everyman His Own Historian

Interpreters are simply there to help them and in some instances get out of their way. How do we, as an interpretive corps, accomplish this task? I have no faith in the jis of abolishing oppression by suppressing oppressors. Well, first off, I truly believe that everyone, no matter who histirian are or where they come from, can find deep meaning and true personal relevance in every historical site that is worthy of preservation. Interpreting is all about helping Mr.


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Everyman His Own Historian: Essays on History and Politics

It is about every person becoming their own interpreter. These two historical periods are messy.

Wendy Wong Schirmer marked it as to-read Mar 08, Becker’s address took not only historians but American intellectual and owh elites by storm. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. InCarl Becker, president of the American Historical Association, the largest professional organization of historians, gave a speech in which he tried to distill history to its very essence. And I love history.