The Teen Who Exposed a Professor’s Myth

Ben Collins, The Daily Beast, Aug 08, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

After University of Illinois-Chicago history professor Richard J. Jensen published a paper saying that the "no Irish need apply" signs were a myth, 14-year-old Rebecca Fried did some research on her own and disproved the paper. This article is a good account of that exchange, noteworthy not only because it shows that anyone can be a scholar with the right tools, but also because of the intransigence Jensen displayed when confronted with the evidence.

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