The Real Problem with Historians and "Presentism"
Are historians losing their craft by focusing on "identity politics", or is the concern misplaced?
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An internecine controversy among historians recently spilled out into the broader public conversation.
A term called "presentism" started trending on Twitter after the president of the American Historical Association, Dr. James Sweet, wrote an article asking if there was too much focus from historians on "contemporary social justice issues—race, gender, sexuality, nationalism, capitalism..."
In this video, I speak with Rev. Dr. Malcolm Foley, who has his PhD in religious historical studies, to help explain what presentism is, why it is so controversial, and how Black studies takes a different approach.
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