Episode 6, Part 1: Patricia Nelson Limerick

Just for the record, I’d like you to know that I danced plenty in high school, thank you very much.Something in the Soil

With that off my chest, I do hope that you’ll take a moment to tune in to Patty’s reading of her essay “Dancing with Professors,” where she muses about the reasons behind the obtuse prose of most historical writing. Even if you don’t wholly agree with her assertion about wallflower historians, you will be inspired by her clear voice and her passion for accessible writing.

One reviewer said of Patty’s essays:

“If William Blake could see a world in a grain of sand, Limerick has the gift to find history in the small experiences of everyday life. She uses stories, anecdotes, and parables to introduce challenging ideas. She has great skill at finding ways to entice readers into her subject…[Her] skill is to take a solid historical fact or an everyday experience and twirl it around so that it catches light in new ways.

Patty is the author of Something in the Soil and The Legacy of Conquest. She is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History.

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