Max Boot’s Screed Against HistoriansRoundup
tags: Max Boot, History Profession, public engagement
John Fea (Ph.D, Stony Brook University, 1999) is Professor of American History at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 2002.
Max Boot is the Jeanne Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations and a global affairs analyst for CNN. He is probably best known these days as an anti-Trump crusader.
Boot is also the latest public intellectual to chide academic historians for failing to speak to public audiences. Here is a taste of his recent piece at The Washington Post:
A survey by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that “more Americans could identify Michael Jackson as the composer of ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’ than could identify the Bill of Rights as a body of amendments to the U.S. Constitution,” “more than a third did not know the century in which the American Revolution took place,” and “half of the respondents believed the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation or the War of 1812 were before the American Revolution.” Oh, and “more than 50 percent of respondents attributed the quote, ‘From each according to his ability to each according to his needs’ to either Thomas Paine, George Washington or Barack Obama.” It used to go without saying that this was one of Bernie Sanders’s most famous lines. (Wait. I may be confused.)
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