Notable historians die

By Christopher B. Daly

This week brings news of the deaths of two of the most prominent (and controversial) historians of the post-War period.

Eugene Genovese, a Marxist-turned-Catholic conservative. Author of a key work in the history of U.S. slavery: Roll, Jordan, Roll.





Eric Hobsbawm, a Communist nearly to the end. Author of a trilogy of essential works.




Rather than fight over who was a good person, we can do them and ourselves a favor by reading (or re-reading) their work and, in a spirit of free inquiry, judging it for ourselves.


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