Excerpts from the 2007 Annual Meeting Keynote Address. Cokie Roberts delivers remarks about history through the use of personal relationships, both benevolent and conflicting.

She focuses heavily on the relationships of people of power in politics. She notes particularly on the subject of women’s roles in creating history, but the historical record showing little documentation of it.

Because she believes these historical events and the people who study them are important, she wants to help and ensure that others realize their importance too. She says the way to do this is to advocate, authenticate, and accommodate.

By doing these three things, she believes, historians substantiates their relevancy to government and future generations.