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definition of intellectual history

pages from my life as an intellectual historian

Couple of interesting things happened last week that I thought I’d share with ya’ll.1. First day of a USIH class, I asked what an “intellectual” was. First answer–dead white guys–second and third answers agreed. I asked if they all agreed with that. Silence. Till one brave student suggested that he thought Du Bois might be considered an intellectual. Then a kid in the back started to talk about how different people groups might have esteemed different individuals (he might have said shamans…can’t remember…but that was what he was referring to) as in the role of intellectuals. Same student told Read more