But there is a 3rd way, as I posted in the comments section of the video . . .
While both of those [mentioned in the video] are equally legitimate (I see successful public historians being every bit as credible as academic ones), there is actually a 3rd way to become a historian. Proven work.And just to be clear and as I've stated on numerous occasions, I do not consider myself a historian, even though others may "perceive" me as such. Perhaps one day I'll have produced a sufficient volume of respected work to earn that title. But, for now, I'm quite happy just being a Southern author who writes about history.
For example, I can think of several historians who gained respect not from a degree in the field nor from working for a museum, park, etc, but simply by the books and scholarship they produced. For example, Shelby Foote and Bruce Catton; neither of whom completed college. Then there are others who hold degrees in fields other than history who have proven their worthiness as historians. I'm thinking of Kent Masterson Brown, Eric Wittenberg and Gordon Rhea. All are attorneys and respected Civil War historians. There are many other examples, but just wanted to throw in these few examples.