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Lucy Maddox

How American Studies Matter

The following essay is the presentation I gave at the 2013 S-USIH conference at UC-Irvine.  The panel was on the Culture Wars and the Problems of Doing History.  My co-panelists were Niels Bjerre-Poulsen, David Hollinger, and fellow bloggers LD Burnett and Andrew Hartman.  As the session played out, it appeared to me and others in the room that Prof. Hollinger and I had similar preoccupations–at least for the moment.  We both spoke about the trials of American Studies in the context of the Culture Wars.  While I did so from a scholarly distance (as you can read below), Prof. Hollinger Read more