(Hat-tip to HNN.)
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As a conservative historian myself, I’ve been asking myself that question for years.
There definitely was no balance in my liberal school.
I don’t consider myself a liberal or a conservative historian. I believe there can be historians of the Liberal or Conservative movements, but if we do our jobs as history instructors, students should be able to make up their own minds as to which turn they will make in their own lives. I often think, as both students and teachers of history, history professionals look back and see it more that teachers and professors did not validate our particular worldview in the classroom and lecture hall. That is what education is all about — challenging our own mind-sets in an effort to reach a conclusion. My problem is that, as an undergraduate, most of my mind-sets and assumptions were not challenged enough. They weren’t validated either, but that doesn’t make my professors liberal. To me it makes them professional.
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