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date: 22 May 2022

Historiography, American. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
John HighamJohn Higham

Within the vast and fluid domain of collective memory, historical writing serves a special purpose. It refines, stabilizes, and extends the recorded experience of groups, societies, and undertakings. Its practitioners are an intellectual elite, applying their own standards and traditions to the task at hand. Yet they can never escape the authority of the documents available to them or the guidance of the milieu in which they work. Historical writing arises from the interplay of a codifying tradition, an access to sources, and a changing, contemporary culture.... ...

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