In the second essay in our commemorative series, historian Rick Beard discusses the history of AASLH and historical trends in the last quarter of the 20th century.

The 1976 American Bicentennial became the catalyst for a new era in historical interpretation, one that moved away from the traditional focus on sterile presentations of political history.

New interpretation sought to include multiple perspectives and the stories of those who had too often been ignored in the historical record. Monumental national history was no longer the only kind that mattered, and museums were eager to share their inclusive and more local stories.

Look for part three in this series in the next issue of History News!

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