Keepers Of Our Past

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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,...

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Overview

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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Meet the Author

DAVID J. RUSSO is a Professor of History at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Table of Contents

The Early Antiquarians

The Early Setting

The New England Pioneers: Their Histories

Elsewhere: John F. Watson

The Later Antiquarians

The Later Setting

Town Historians

City Historians

Repeaters

Formulaic Local History

Local History as a Publishing Venture

Local History as an Editorial Project

Local History as Literature

The Coming of The Academics

Amateurs and Academics

Bibliography

Index

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