January 20, 1995
Who Owns History?
Discipline finds itself at center of public debate over whose version of the past should prevail
A few years ago, literary criticism was the center of public controversy over the humanities. Today is history's turn.
"When people were attacking literary criticism for being politicized, I thought: Our time will come," says Page Putnam Miller, director of the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History.
In the last year alone, three controversies have swirled around the discipline:
* In September, a year-long debate over the Smithsonian Institution's