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Excerpts from historian James H. Madison’s address at the Leadership in History Awards banquet at the 2009 AASLH Annual Meeting.

Madison laments the state of interest in history in his home state of Illinois.

He equates this lack of pride in the past to an American populace that is more interested in the practical and the immediate.

He selects six short topics that speak to the hope for entrepreneurial creativity that was prevalent in historic times.

These case studies include: Howard Peckham, Eli Lilly, Federal Writers Project, Scholarship, Professionalism, Technology, and Education.