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While all history has the potential to be political, public history is uniquely so: public historians engage in historical inquiry outside the bubble of scholarly discourse, relying on social networks, political goals, practices, and habits of mind that differ from traditional historians. Radical Roots: Public History and a Tradition of Social Justice Activism theorizes and defines public history as future-focused, committed to the advancement of social justice, and engaged in creating a more inclusive public record. Edited by Denise D. Meringolo and with contributions from the field’s leading figures, this groundbreaking collection addresses major topics such as museum practices, oral history, grassroots preservation, and community-based learning. It demonstrates the core practices that have shaped radical public history, how they have been mobilized to promote social justice, and how public historians can facilitate civic discourse in order to promote equality.

"This is a much-needed recalibration, as professional organizations and practitioners across genres of public history struggle to diversify their own ranks and to bring contemporary activists into the fold." — Catherine Gudis, University of California, Riverside.

"Taken all together, the articles in this volume highlight the persistent threads of justice work that has characterized the multifaceted history of public history as well as the challenges faced in doing that work."—Patricia Mooney-Melvin, The Public Historian

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Social Justice and Public History: The Networks, Goals, and Practices That Shaped Our Noble Dream
  2. Denise D. Meringolo
  3. pp. 1-20
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  1. Raising Consciousness or Raising Hell: New Narratives for Oral History
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. Allan Nevins Is Not My Grandfather: The Roots of Radical Oral History Practice in the United States
  2. Daniel R. Kerr
  3. pp. 23-52
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  1. Helen Matthews Lewis: Oral History and Social Change in Appalachia
  2. Judith Jennings
  3. pp. 53-74
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  1. "Recalling Our Bitter Experiences": Consciousness Raising, Feminism, and Women's Oral History
  2. Anne M. Valk
  3. pp. 75-96
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  1. Pushing Boundaries Onstage: Culture Clash, Oral History Theater, and the Influence of El Teatro Campesino
  2. Kristen Ana La Follette
  3. pp. 97-118
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  1. What Are the Roots of Your Radical Oral History Practice?
  2. Shane Bernardo, Maria E. Cotera, Fernanda Espinosa, Amy Starecheski
  3. pp. 119-152
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  1. "We're All Bozos on This Bus": An Oral History with Jeremy Brecher
  2. Daniel R. Kerr
  3. pp. 153-187
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  1. Place-Based Pedagogies: Origins of Public History Education
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  1. The People's Camp: The Progressive Pedagogy of Camp Woodland
  2. Rachel Donaldson
  3. pp. 191-218
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  1. Carter G. Woodson: A Century of Making Black Lives Matter
  2. Burnis Morris
  3. pp. 219-246
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  1. Louis C. Jones and the Cooperstown Model: Working at the Nexus of Public Folklore and Public History
  2. William S. Walker
  3. pp. 247-270
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  1. The American Civilization Institute of Morristown: Education and Inclusive Community Building
  2. Denise D. Meringolo
  3. pp. 271-294
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  1. Radical Futures: Teaching Public History as Social Justice
  2. Elizabeth Belanger
  3. pp. 295-324
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  1. Radical Is a Process: Public History Pedagogy in Urban Universities
  2. Rebecca Amato, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Dipti Desai, Denise D. Meringolo, Mary Rizzo
  3. pp. 325-360
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  1. Sites of Discord and Dialogue: Museums in Progress
  2. pp. 361-362
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  1. Imperfectly Progressive: The Social Mission of Museums in the 1930s
  2. Clarissa J. Ceglio
  3. pp. 363-394
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  1. What to Do with Heritage: The Museum of Jewish Ceremonial Objects, 1931-43
  2. Laura Schiavo
  3. pp. 395-426
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  1. Exhibiting Ourselves: The Making of a Community Museum in a National Institution
  2. Michèle Gates Moresi
  3. pp. 427-454
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  1. Crossing the Gentrification Frontier: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Blind Spots of Social History
  2. Rebecca Amato
  3. pp. 455-482
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  1. Recollections on Interpreting Slave Life and Falling into Your Purpose
  2. Nicole A. Moore
  3. pp. 483-500
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  1. Public History from the Ground Up: Cultural Heritage as Community Building
  2. pp. 501-502
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  1. Unintentional Public Historians: Collective Memory and Identity Production in the American Indian and LGBTQ Liberation Movements
  2. Lara Kelland
  3. pp. 503-524
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  1. Reflections on Black Public History: Past, Present, Future
  2. Pero Gaglo Dagbovie
  3. pp. 525-540
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  1. What Happens Next? Institutionalizing Grassroots Success in Selma, Alabama
  2. Abigail Gautreau
  3. pp. 541-554
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  1. Getting to the Heart of Preservation: The Place of Grassroots Efforts in the Contemporary Preservation Movement
  2. Kristen Baldwin Deathridge
  3. pp. 555-574
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  1. Philadelphia's Original Social Justice Warriors: The Little Big Story of Germantown and the Germantown Mennonites
  2. Craig Stutman
  3. pp. 575-608
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  1. Conclusion: The Uneasy Relationship between Civic Engagement and Social Justice
  2. Denise D. Meringolo
  3. pp. 609-614
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 615-618
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  1. Contributor Biographies
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