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Twenty years after Edward Channing's loss of life in 1931, historians differed particularly extensively of their review of his paintings. A British writer, surveying American historiography due to the fact 1890, was once relatively severe of Channing's significant contribution, the six-volume background of the USA, contending that it "won just a modern attractiveness which isn't donning good. "l Referring particularly to the second one quantity of the heritage, this author acknowledged his feeling that it "added little of substance to what used to be to be present in prior works," and that it "was so partisan as occasionally to be particularly deceptive. "2 rather a special view used to be expressed by way of an American historian writing within the comparable 12 months. He felt that Channing appeared "assured of a distinct segment within the his­ torians' corridor of repute as one of many giants of yankee historiography. "3 lots of Channing's findings have been new, this author emphasised, and were priceless to different historians. He concluded that Channing's heritage "wears good two decades after his death," and, certainly, "remains one of many significant accomplishments within the box of yank ancient writing. '" a few aid is given to the latter interpretation by way of a ballot of historians, once more dated 1952, to figure out most well liked works in American historical past released among 1920 and 1935. Channing's historical past comprehensive 8th, fol­ lowing merely the works of Parrington, Turner, Webb, Beard, Andrews, five Becker, and Phillips.

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Lawrence Lowell was chairman of the department for the next academic year after Channing's occupation of that position; in 1909, this life-long friend of Channing became President of the University. According to Morison, Channing "was on very friendly terms with Pres. '" Apparently Channing mixed with other members of the faculty rather extensively in the early years, including lunching with them regularly, but he gradually cut this from his schedule, as he did so many other things, to allow him to concentrate on his writing.

He would frequently quote an interpretive sentence from it and ask the students to support it or refute it -~ It must have taken a brave soul to answer in the negative! - and he once asked them to ''Compare Channing's analysis of the causes of the American Revolution with that of Leek)'. or Trevelyan. " 45 Fuller. " p. 55. ,. Letter to the author froll1 Arthur P. Whitaker. July 21. 1966. "47 Most who came out of the seminar felt that it was here, with greater opportunity for individual contact with the student, that Channing was at his best.

The truth, in other words, must lie somewhere in between. Perhaps the problem was simply that they were completely different personalities - Channing the staid New Englander, Hart the flamboyant Midwesterner. More specifically, however, Channing apparently was never able to forget that Hart got the job he wanted in 1883. Both men were hired by Harvard that year, but Hart got the American history courses, while Channing had to be the departmental handy-man for many years, moving into the courses he wanted only as Hart gave them up and moved into the field of government.

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