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Origins is a project of the Public History Initiative and eHistory in the History Department at The Ohio State University, edited by Nicholas Breyfogle & Steven Conn.
Each month, an academic expert will analyze a particular current issue –political, cultural, or social –in a larger, deeper context. The final goal of Origins is to make us all more informed, engaged citizens. As the American philosopher John Dewey wrote, “History which is not brought down close to the actual scene of events leaves a gap.” We hope Origins will help fill that gap, and we hope you enjoy what you find.