I'm thrilled to announce that @julianzelizer and I have put together a terrific crew of historians for a forthcoming collection on myths about American history, to be published by the good people at @BasicBooks .
For a while, we've been looking for a way to take what historians do on Twitter -- challenging the myths and misrepresentations that partisans make about American history -- and fleshing them out into a full volume aimed at a broad readership.

We hope this collection does that.
Each of us will be tackling a major myth about American history.

For instance, I'm writing on the party realignment over civil rights. (It's nice to do this outside 280-character tweets, but the draft I have is about three times as long as it should be.)
We don't have a publication date yet, but rest assured I will tweet about it nonstop when we do.
Oh, I left off @AriKelman, who is confirmed for the collection but would doubtlessly take joy in being left off the announcement.
And I can confirm we’ve got @sarahchurchwell and @mkazin as well.

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