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Living with History / Making Social Change$
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Gerda Lerner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832936

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887868_lerner

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Introduction

Introduction

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Living with History / Making Social Change
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Gerda Lerner

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807887868_lerner.4

This introductory chapter presents an overview of the main themes covered in this autobiography. The book shows how thought and action have been connected in the author's life; how the life she led before becoming an academic affected the questions she asked as a historian; and how the social struggles in which she engaged as an academic woman informed her thinking. It explains how a decision to change the content of historical scholarship and knowledge so as to give women just representation became a challenge to develop new teaching methods and to create alternate models of academic discourse. It also traces how feminist teaching led to the development of “outreach” projects that influenced a large number of people beyond the reach of the academy.

Keywords:   history, historians, social change, feminist teaching, autobiography

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