Originally published 08/12/2013
Catherine O’Donnell is an associate history professor at Arizona State University.I am an historian with a secret. I don’t think studying the past tells us what to do in the present.I should qualify that: If you are considering whether to invade Russia in winter, history provides the answer.But I object when voices from across the political spectrum claim history tells us the answer to more complex questions: what our tax policy should be, why a specific crime happened and, most disturbingly, which political views prove us to be good citizens and which reveal us to be bad ones....
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- Harvard’s Nancy Cott says the conservatives in the gay marriage case have a stilted idea of the history of marriage
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- Stephanie Coontz’s work on the history of marriage cited by the Supreme Court.
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