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Becoming Historians$
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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

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

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226036595.003.0003

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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