History in the Making
An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 YearsBook - 2006
In this 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. 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. This is the history of history--a stark reminder that even history itself changes over time -- From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : New Press, c2006
Characteristics: xxvi, 374 p. ; 24 cm