Chamberlain at Round Top: How Historians Work

Lecture Description

This lecture uses one relatively discrete event in time — the actions of the 20th Maine at Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg — to illustrate some ways that historians think of the past. With the audience, Prof. Rael works through the key primary documents that tell us what happened. Our collective investigation will suggest that while historians often seek to present seamless visions of the past, their real work lies in the work of interpreting the meaning of differences in primary accounts.


Civil War and Reconstruction

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