History's Memory Writing America's Past, 1880-1980

ISBN-10: 067401605X
ISBN-13: 9780674016057
Edition: 2002
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List price: $30.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Enthusiasts and critics both have looked to the political upheavals of the 1960s to explain recent transformations in historical study. But how new, in fact, are our contemporary approaches to the study and writing of American history? This question lies at the heart of History's Memory, Ellen Fitzpatrick's sweeping study of the past century of American historical writing. Through careful examination of hundreds of historical essays and books, Fitzpatrick has uncovered striking continuities in the writing of American history. The contributions of earlier scholars, some of them outside the mainstream of the historical profession, reveal that interest in the history of women, African Americans, Native Americans, and the working class has been long-standing. Whether in the Progressive era's attention to issues of class, or in the renewed concern with Native Americans in the 1930s and 1940s, Fitzpatrick demonstrates that over the past century historians have frequently grappled with issues that we think of today as innovative. This reinterpretation of a century of American historical writing challenges the notion that the politics of the recent past alone explains the politics of history. Fitzpatrick offers a wise historical perspective on today's heated debates, and reclaims the long line of historians who tilled the rich and diverse soil of our past.

Ellen Fitzpatrick is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and author of Endless Crusade: Women Social Scientists and Progressive Reform.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Industrial Society and the Imperatives of Modern History
Advancing a Progressive New History
Native Americans and the Moral Compass of History
History, Class, and Culture between the World Wars
The Myth of Consensus History
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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