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April 28, 2015: Will Slauter seminar at AAS on Reprinting in 19th-century periodicals

On Tuesday, April 28, at 5:00 PM, Will Slauter—a Lecturer in English and American Studies at the University of Paris 8 – Saint Denis, and current AAS-NEH Long-term Fellow—will present a seminar paper titled

Copyright and Credit: Understanding Reprinting in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers and Magazines

Re: Standards of Accuracy in Historical Scholarship

The comments on this thought-provoking thread have brought out a number of different issues concerning historical accuracy. If I may, let me add one more. Part of maintaining historical accuracy involves keeping current in the scholarship and integrating new, different, and even competing interpretations in one's work. An example: in the initial post, Professor Feller takes issue with Johnson's comments about popular sovereignty concerning "territories becoming states." Feller argues that Johnson has mischaracterized the doctrine. Not necessarily.

Re: Standards of Accuracy in Historical Scholarship

Peter's reply is illuminating. It suggests that errors have always been around -- which we all know. But it also raises the more interesting question: Is anyone training graduate students in this way. I can recall being dress down by John Hope Franklin, in his thoroughly regal and kind manner, for citing to census material from secondary source, rather than looking at the actual census volumes (we used books in those days!). He asked me how I knew that the secondary sources accurately reported the census numbers. I of course had no answer.

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