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Who Reads Carl Becker? (Guest Post by Andrew Seal)

[Editor’s Note:  This is the fifth of six weekly guest posts by Andrew Seal — Ben Alpers] I just spent two lovely winter days in the town of Ithaca, poring through the papers of the historian Carl Becker. The papers are great: he was a good, if not especially personal or intimate correspondent with a few dozen noted historians, jurists, and other public intellectuals, such as Frederick Jackson Turner, William Dodd, Felix Frankfurter, and Max Lerner. And the Cornell collection fortunately includes copies of some of Becker’s outgoing letters from other universities’ collections, making it much easier to see both Read more