The “Doing History” podcast series are about early American history and how historians work. Each series utilizes the OI’s community of early Americanist scholars to discuss issues surrounding the production of scholarship. Each series is a collaboration with Ben Franklin’s World: A Podcast About Early American History.
Episode 88: Michael McDonnell, The History of History Writing
Historians rely on secondary historical sources almost as much as they rely on primary historical sources.
But what are secondary historical sources and how do they help historians know what they know about the past?
Michael McDonnell, an Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney, guides us through how he used secondary historical sources to investigate the pivotal role Native Americans played in the history of the Great Lakes region and early North America.
Supporting this series helps to meet one of the chief aims of the Lapidus Initiative: to make more transparent the intensive and collaborative processes of developing and producing high-quality scholarship. It also offers us a new and exciting opportunity for public outreach.