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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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(p.1) Introduction
Living with History / Making Social Change

Gerda Lerner

University of North Carolina Press

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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