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Mark Lilla

The Presidents that Historians Make

This week, New York Magazine has released the results of its survey of 53 historians[1] asking the basic question, how will history look back at the Obama presidency? (You can scroll through each historians’ complete answers to the survey beginning here.) Among the most familiar names to readers of this blog are Mary Dudziak, David Greenberg, David Hollinger, James Kloppenberg, Jackson Lears, Jill Lepore, James Livingston, Samuel Moyn, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Nell Painter, Daniel Rodgers, Nikhil Singh, and Thomas Sugrue, although that only begins to scratch the richness of this panel. Richness, but not exactly diversity. It will no doubt Read more