“History really does tells us who we are and how we came to be who we are.”
Liz Covart is a historian of early American history who specializes in the cultural and political history of Revolutionary America. She is the creator and host of Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History and the Digital Projects Editor for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Liz earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis.
Liz and I talk about how so much of the work in history often remains hidden because historians don’t often have the time to promote their works. Each Historian shows a new facet of history and helps our view of history to evolve. History is a subject that draws people from all walks of life. Both Liz and I enjoy that history is something that everyone can relate to and learn from.
History is a subject that we often think of as factual. In reality, History is a discipline that will forever evolve. Each telling of historical facts will not only shed light on the past but also on the time it was written. We are never truly able to separate ourselves from our reality entirely. History also gives us a place to all come together and start a conversation on many topics with a common ground.
Liz finds many ways to weave history into her daily life, from her work on Ben Franklin’s World to the vacations she goes on. Liz and I discuss the pros and cons of all the new media that are available to people and how it affects your lives. Communication is a fantastic tool that can be put to work in so many ways. For those of us in the history space, new forms of media allow us to reach new audiences. Just like history, communication will evolve, and we must work to keep up.
Liz is passionate about the whole revolutionary period and the fact that it was a series of events that fell into place just right. It was a time of passion and war and a need for survival. The drive to stay focused on one goal and to see it thru no matter what the world throws at you is a rare thing. The revolution wouldn’t have happened without people who had the will and focus to see it thru.
History is an important subject that is ever evolving and shifting. It is hard sometimes when presenting history to keep a sense of humbleness. Being willing to admit that things might change and we will have to admit we were wrong. Remembering that History is a scientific process and is not written in stone.
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