First City Philadelphia and the Forging of Historical Memory

ISBN-10: 0812219422

ISBN-13: 9780812219425

Edition: 2002

Authors: Gary B. Nash

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In First City, acclaimed historian Gary B. Nash examines the complex process of memory making in this most historic of American cities. Though history is necessarily written from the evidence we have of the past, as Nash shows, rarely is that evidence preserved without intent, nor is it equally representative. Full of surprising anecdotes, First City reveals how Philadelphians--from members of elite cultural institutions, such as historical societies and museums, to relatively anonymous groups, such as women, racial and religious minorities, and laboring people--have participated in the very partisan activity of transmitting historical memory from one generation to the next.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 4/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

Gary B. Nash received his B. A. from Princeton University in 1955 and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1964. He earned the position of Director of the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he taught colonial and revolutionary American history since 1974. Nash has received research grants from the University of California Institute of Humanities and American Philosophical Society and fellowships from the Guggenheim Memorial and American Council of Learned Society. He won the University of California Distinguished Emeriti Award and the Defense of Academic Freedom Award, from the National Council for Social Studies. Nash is the Founding Member and has been on the Board of Trustees of the National Council for History Education since 1990 and was Vice-Chair in 1992. He was also President of the Organization of American Historians, from 1994-95. Among the books Nash has authored are Quakers and Politics: Pennsylvania, 1681-1726; Red, White and Black: The Peoples of Early America; The Urban Crucible: Social Change, Political Consciousness, and the Origins of the American Revolution; Forging Freedom: The Black Urban Experience in Philadelphia, 1720-1840; and The Forgotten Fifth: African Americans in the Age of Revolution.

Introduction: Making History Matter
Pieces of the Colonial Past
Recalling a Commercial Seaport
The Revolution's Many Faces
A New City for a New Nation
A City in Flux
Reforming Philadelphia
In Civil War and Reconstruction
Workshop of the World, Schoolhouse of History
Restoring Memory
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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