Gordon Wood and Historians' "Cultural Baggage": A Discussion
Discussion on a piece by Michael D. Hattem at The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History entitled, "Where Have You Gone, Gordon Wood?" The piece suggests that scholars' reactions to Gordon Wood can be used as a window into possible generational differences between historians.
- The original piece from The Junto (which contains its own set of conversations in the Comments):
- The Society for U.S. Intellectual History blog excerpted the piece:
- Then the Twitter discussion started:
- — Michael D. Hattem (@MichaelHattem)Mon, Jan 21 2013 08:57:06
- — Andrew Hartman (@HartmanAndrew)Tue, Jan 22 2013 06:21:36Why do historians of early America have problems w/ Gordon Wood? http://s-usih.org/2013/01/where-have-you-gone-gordon-wood.html …13thejuntoblogveUSIH-gtwitterstorians.hfoundingfathersog #USIH #twitterstorians #foundingfathers
- — William Hogeland (@WilliamHogeland)Tue, Jan 22 2013 08:58:35
- — Michael D. Hattem (@MichaelHattem)Tue, Jan 22 2013 09:03:50@HartmanAndrew Seems people are mistaking views of a pref gen I am describing as mine. I don’t feel harshly toward GW which is the point.
- Here begins a discussion between Andrew Hartman, Michael Hattem, Jason Warren, Rachel Hope Cleves, Jonathan Wilson, and Ken Owen on historians and "cultural baggage."
- — Andrew Hartman (@HartmanAndrew)Tue, Jan 22 2013 06:42:01@lostinhistory But it seems generally true-ish regarding younger intellectual historians, more willing to return to history of elites.
- — Jason Warren (@lostinhistory)Tue, Jan 22 2013 08:42:55@HartmanAndrew True, and I think later historiography will show they have returned due to their own "baggage" (hope that makes sense).
- — Jason Warren (@lostinhistory)Tue, Jan 22 2013 06:46:06@HartmanAndrew Agreed. And I think the case could be made that this signifies an increase in "baggage" or bias. Not a decrease.
- — Andrew Hartman (@HartmanAndrew)Tue, Jan 22 2013 07:29:44@lostinhistory I do think it healthy that not all historians compelled to focus every inquiry on race/gender. That's what Hattem meant?
- — Rachel Hope Cleves (@RachelCleves)Tue, Jan 22 2013 08:26:55IMHO social + cultural history matter for historians of early American elites, and G Wood should stfu #twitterstorians http://earlyamericanists.com/2013/01/21/where-have-you-gone-gordon-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-653 …ists.com/2013/01/21/where-have-you-gone-gordon-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-653
- — Rachel Hope Cleves (@RachelCleves)Tue, Jan 22 2013 08:33:50
- — Jason Warren (@lostinhistory)Tue, Jan 22 2013 08:40:04@HartmanAndrew and contemporary historians will likely see the genealogy of that evolution when they are reviewed decades from now.
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