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James M. Banner Jr. and John R. Gillis

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226036564

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226036595.001.0001

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Taking the Long Way from Euterpe to Clio

Taking the Long Way from Euterpe to Clio

(p.54) Taking the Long Way from Euterpe to Clio
Becoming Historians

Dwight T. Pitcaithley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter presents historian Dwight T. Pitcaithley's memoirs, which trace how he became interested in public history. Pitcaithley was not a very good student, but he was a dedicated reader who read a lot of history books during his last year at the Marine Corps where he served for the United States during the Second World War. His decision to take history as a college major was only accidental, and his decision to become a historian has been a journey of shifting perceptions of what historians do and how they function in our society.

Keywords:   historian, memoirs, Dwight T. Pitcaithley, public history, history books, Marine Corps, United States, Second World War

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