Do We Need To Like The People We Write About?

Lindsay Chervinsky, Ph.D.
4 min readJun 18, 2021

How one historian tries to be transparent about biases

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On May 28, Pulitzer Prize-winner Gordon Wood reviewed Pulitzer Prize-winner Alan Taylor’s new book, American Republics. The reviewed caused quite the Twitter brouhaha among historians, journalists, and readers. The line that stuck out the most for me is this one: “It is startling to witness just how much the Thomas Jefferson…

Lindsay Chervinsky, Ph.D.

Historian. Writer. Speaker. Author of THE CABINET.