"In the course of the past twenty years, American history has been remade. Inspired initially by the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s – which shattered the ‘consensus’ vision that had dominated historical writing – and influenced by new methods borrowed from other disciplines, American historians redefined the very nature of historical study." ~ Eric Foner (Emphasis mine)
Most readers who study the WBTS, whether seriously or casually, are familiar with the work of Eric Foner, at least to some extent. He is a widely known and respected historian, for the most part anyway. Foner is, however, not without his critics. Several years ago, I'd read a piece in National Review written by another historian, Ronald Radosh, which was critical of Foner's leftist ideology and its influence on his work, something to which Foner readily admits. I stumbled across that piece again recently. Oddly enough, both Foner and Ronald Radosh are children of card-carrying Communists; aka "red diaper babies." Radosh's piece can be read here.
While some readers will no doubt roll their eyes at this post, I would encourage you to read Radosh's article. It is quite revealing and, I believe, a fair criticism of Foner's approach to history. I post this, in part, due to some who criticize the right for politicizing history. As I stated, Foner admits this yet draws little criticism from his peers.