James M. Banner Jr.

James M. Banner Jr.

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James M. Banner Jr. is an independent historian in Washington, D.C. The founding director of the History News Service as well as a cofounder of the National History Center, he is now a visiting scholar in the history department of George Washington University. Banner is a coeditor of Becoming Historians (2009), the author of Being a Historian: An Introduction to the Professional World of History (2012), and, most recently, the editor of Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today (2019). His play, "Good and Faithful Servants," adapted from the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson, is under development, and he is completing a book about revisionist history, tentatively entitled "Battles over the Past."

Lectures

  • Revisionist History: What It Is, Why We Have It
  • The Presidential Election of 1801
  • Presidential Misconduct: The Long View
  • What It Means to Be a Historian Today