Here begins a discussion between Andrew Hartman, Michael Hattem, Jason Warren, Rachel Hope Cleves, Jonathan Wilson, and Ken Owen on historians and "cultural baggage." The relevant (and concluding) passage from the original piece reads:
"Early Americanists of my generation do not appear to carry the same cultural baggage that the generation following Wood acquired from its experience and the subsequent generation through its graduate education. Or at least we don’t carry it as heavily. For some junior historians, there seems to be less in terms of raw self-identity at stake in choosing their topics, creating a different dynamic in which studying political history or elites is not an implicit statement against historians of race, gender, or class and vice versa. One could argue that this is not a good thing, that historians should have a personal stake in their choice of subject, but the effects of such detachment will remain to be seen."