On Doing Local History

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Rowman Altamira, 2003 - History - 189 pages
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Since 1986, On Doing Local History has been an invaluable aid to local historians. Now Carol Kammen has completely updated and revised this classic to reflect more than fifteen years of experience working with local historians. She challenges all historians of the local to think about what they are doing and how they are doing it. She dispels the myth that amateur historians, who are frequent practitioners of local history, necessarily produce a history less rigorous or useful. For many years the author of a column in History News, Kammen's thoughtful, level-headed ideas and personable writing style will keep this book a classic for years to come.

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Just finished this for a project I'm doing for one of my classes and interestingly enough, I learned a lot from Kammen. She presents the how's and why's in a conversational style and a lot of the ... Read full review


Local Historys Past
Revising What Is Held as True
Thinking about History
The Subjects of Local History
Journalists and Historians
Researching Local History
When Being Right Is Not Good Enough
The Great Document Exchange
The Local Historian
Adult Local History Workshops
The Past That Was Yesterday
One Last Thing
About the Author

Giving Back

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Page 10 - History: How To Gather It, Write It, and Publish It (New York: Social Science Research Council, 1944), a volume which is well-nigh indispensable to the worker in American local history.

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Carol Kammen has written and lectured about local history for many years. She has taught local history at Tompkins Cortland Community College and is now a senior lecturer at Cornell University, where she gives a course on Cornell history. In addition she has written three books about the history of her county, including What they Wrote (1978) and The Peopling of Tompkins County: A Social History (1985). The first edition of On Doing Local History (1986) was followed by Pursuit of Local History (1996) and the Encyclopedia of Local History (2000), which she co-edited with Norma Prendergast. In addition, she has written a dozen historical dramas that have been performed in Ithaca and regionally. Two, Escape to the North and The Day the Women Met, have been performed for 18,000 school children. For five years she wrote articles for New York History about doing history in New York State, and since 1995 she has written the editorials for History News, the quarterly of the American Association for State and Local History. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and currently lives above Cayuga's waters with her husband, also a historian, and a feline companion, Carrie Chapman Catt.

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