Francis Parkman, Historian as Hero: The Formative Years

  title={Francis Parkman, Historian as Hero: The Formative Years},
  author={W. Richard Jacobs},
A historian who lived the kind of history he wrote, Francis Parkman is a major--and controversial--figure in American historiography. His narrative style, while popular with readers wanting a good story, has raised many questions with professional historians. Was Parkman writing history or historical fiction? Did he color historical figures with his own heroic self-image? Was his objectivity compromised by his unbending, conservative, Brahmin values? These are some of the many issues that… CONTINUE READING