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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter argues that history is not a given, but a construction involving choices drawn from materials garnered from the past and made by different individuals, institutions, nations, and communities that change over time. It focuses on the process whereby materials, in and outside the archive, representing traces of the past, become appropriated into histories. This approaches emphasizes knowledge as a social construction that embodies experience. An interdisciplinary and collaborative approach may provide us with new ways of understanding the past—and the present—by exploring, for example, the ways in which family histories and those of political campaigns, such as women’s suffrage, are developed. By opening the categorization of those making history (“the who”), the epistemology (“the what”) can also change.

Keywords: experience, family histories, knowledge, materials, process, social construction, women’s suffrage, public history, history making

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