Monday, April 26, 2010

Presidential Historians on Q&A (C-Span)



Historians Richard Norton Smith and Douglas Brinkley talked about their work and their profession. Richard Norton Smith currently teaches at George Mason University and is working on a biography of Nelson Rockefeller. Douglas Brinkley teaches at Rice University. He is working on a biography of Walter Cronkite. His book on the Alaska wilderness and the Wildlife Refuge there will be published in December 2010. Video clips were shown of their first appearances on C-SPAN in 1993. They also discussed teaching history through tours. Douglas Brinkley's 1993 book The Majic Bus told the story of students traveling with him to historical sites as part of their college history class. More recently, Richard Norton Smith has started taking people on tours of presidential sites.

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