Living with History/Making Social Change Stimulating Essays That Offer Rare Insight into the Life Work of One of Our Leading Historians

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Synopsis

This stimulating collection of essays in an autobiographical framework encompasses Gerda Lerner's theoretical writing and her organizational work in transforming the history profession and in establishing Women's History as a mainstream field.

Six of the 12 essays are new, written especially for this volume; the others have previously appeared in small journals or were originally presented as talks, and have been revised for this audiobook. Several essays discuss feminist teaching and the problems of interpretation of autobiography and memoir for the reader and the historian. Lerner's reflections on feminism as a worldview, on the meaning of history writing, and on problems of aging lend this audiobook unusual range and depth.

Together, the essays illuminate how thought and action connected in Lerner's life, how the life she led before she became an academic affected the questions she addressed as a historian, and how the social and political struggles in which she engaged informed her thinking. Written in lucid, accessible prose, the essays will appeal to the general listener as well as to students at all levels. Living with History/Making Social Change offers rare insight into the life work of one of the leading historians of the United States.

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