So, my Mom has argued that I should write about history on my blog, because I double majored in history and theater. I write about movies and theater, but not history.
Part of it was I could not think of way to write about history on my blog. I didn’t want to simply turn my blog into a Wikipedia page, where I simply list historical facts. Plus, I also didn’t just want to review history books that I read or have read.
But recently, I have started thinking about producing things. I watch tons of Youtube videos and try to read books about a variety of subjects. I consume, but what do I produce?
To this end, I have decided to introduce an Amateur Local History Corner. I will select a topic in local history and study it in depth. I will pick recent events so that I can try to find lots of primary sources and review what I am finding in the sources. Who knows? I may even interview witnesses, but let’s not go crazy. I may also try to use different historical frameworks to analyze the evidence, such as psychoanalytical history, social history, environmental history, or even Marxist history, just for kicks. We’ll see. I did pick up a textbook Houses of History to review the different interpretive lenses of history.
So, watch for the upcoming Amateur Local History Corner. Wish me luck!