Mccormick Of Rutgers

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Richard P. McCormick made his mark as an innovative student of American party politics, as well as the most influential interpreter of New Jersey history. A distinguished teacher, scholar, and public historian, McCormick revitalized a venerable but dormant state historical society. Later, he used notable anniversaries, such as the Bicentennial of the American Revolution and the Tercentenary of New Jersey's founding, as vehicles to bring history to schools and the general public. He also helped create a state ...

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Overview

Richard P. McCormick made his mark as an innovative student of American party politics, as well as the most influential interpreter of New Jersey history. A distinguished teacher, scholar, and public historian, McCormick revitalized a venerable but dormant state historical society. Later, he used notable anniversaries, such as the Bicentennial of the American Revolution and the Tercentenary of New Jersey's founding, as vehicles to bring history to schools and the general public. He also helped create a state historical agency, the New Jersey Historical Commission, to promote New Jersey's past and preserve its historic treasures.

Birkner describes McCormick's life and times. He looks at McCormick's scholarly apprenticeship, the origins of his interest in a new political history, and his contributions to the study of American politics before the Civil War. McCormick's concern for elucidating political machinery was fused with a fundamental skepticism about American democracy as run by and for the people. Through use of oral history, McCormick tells his own story. Then, through their exchanges, Birkner challenges some of McCormick's scholarly arguments and elicits responses that help to shed light on his subject's theory of politics.

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Describes the career of Richard P. McCormick of Rutgers University, an expert in New Jersey history and a controversial figure in the area of Jacksonian-era political history. A 35-page introduction overviews his life and work, and six chapters detail various phases of his career. Includes a selected bibliography of McCormick's publications. Birkner teaches history at Gettysburg College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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MICHAEL J. BIRKNER is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Gettysburg College.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Path to a Life With History

Revitalizing the Study of New Jersey

Life at Rutgers: Doing Public History in the 1950s and 1960s

Championing a New Political History

The Turbulent 60s at Rutgers

Doing History: Reflections

Selected Bibliography

Bibliography

Index

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