As an undergrad student, when I submit papers I regularly think, “Who am I to write about this issue, I don’t have my bachelor’s and I am making some pretty big statements.” Today at the Phi Alpha Theta inductions, I was talking to a couple of my professors about Reckless Historians and the direction of this blog. One them discussed how this blog can really serve as a voice for the undergrad students.
I have a funny feeling that if I went to an AHA meeting or another similar convention, chances are I would not have the opportunities to interact with all the historians that I do. Whether it is reading Liz Covart, The Junto, or even engaging with my own professor on The Way of Improvement Leads Home, this blog has provided me with a rich opportunity to interact with some incredible historians who are out in the field doing great work. I have been able to read the latest scholarship in history, as well as do my best to try to contribute to the public dissemination of history.
I think that blogging is a great way to contribute to the public outreach in history. People generally don’t ready long books for leisure — a true tragedy — but they will hop online and read a brief post, and that is our way in. Really what blogging does is it creates a democratic atmosphere. Those with doctorates and those working on undergrads can work together to create historical meaning.
All this to say, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone, professors, grad students, undergrads, and those who pursue history with a passion in general for allowing Reckless Historians to enter into this conversation, and be able to help create dialogue across the historical blogosphere.