History in the Making

History in the Making

An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years

Book - 2006
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From the widely acclaimed co-author of History Lessons, an examination of how the way we tell the story of our country has changed over time.

In this absorbing look at how the telling of American history has changed over the past three hundred years, historian Kyle Ward juxtaposes excerpts from U.S. history textbooks of different eras to compare how the same event or historical figure has been portrayed differently at different times in our nation's history.

From the Boston Massacre to antebellum slavery, the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor to the stock market crash of 1929, Ward uncovers unexpected and often dramatic shifts of interpretation corresponding to prevailing attitudes at the time each textbook was written. History in the Making is the history of historya stark reminder that even history itself changes over time.

For anyone whose view of history was turned on its ear by James Loewen's bestselling Lies My Teacher Told Me, here is striking, firsthand evidence of the shifting biases, politics, and cultural preferences in both our understanding of our own history and in what we teach our children about the past.

Book News
Ward (history and political science, Vincennes U.) traces the evolution of what was considered the true history of the US through representative textbooks published between 1794 and 1999. Among his goals is to help students of history think in a historiographical way, that is to realize that everyone writes in the present with what information and interests they have. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York : New Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781595580443
Branch Call Number: 973 WAR
Characteristics: xxvi, 374 p. ; 24 cm


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