Guns, germs, and public history: A conversation with Jennifer Tucker

J Hist Behav Sci. 2021 Feb;57(1):60-74. doi: 10.1002/jhbs.22055. Epub 2020 Jul 16.


In this wide-ranging conversation, historians David Serlin (UC San Diego) and Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University) discuss the role of material culture and visual media in shaping how museums communicate histories of science and technology. Tucker describes recent a public history project focused on 19th-century histories of firearms and gun regulation in light of contemporary debates about the Second Amendment "right to bear arms." Serlin and Tucker conclude by speculating about possible curatorial directions for a future public history exhibit focused on the social and cultural impact of the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / history*
  • Communication
  • Firearms / history*
  • Firearms / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • History, 19th Century
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination / methods*
  • Legislation as Topic / history*
  • Museums / organization & administration*
  • Pandemics
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Social Media*
  • United States