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

ISBN-10: 1595582150
ISBN-13: 9781595582157
Edition: 2007
Authors: Kyle Ward
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Description: A fascinating reminder of how contemporary prejudices color the way each generation looks at the nation's past. In this "thought-provoking study" ("Library Journal"), historian Kyle Ward--the widely acclaimed co-author of "History Lessons"--gives  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A fascinating reminder of how contemporary prejudices color the way each generation looks at the nation's past. In this "thought-provoking study" ("Library Journal"), historian Kyle Ward--the widely acclaimed co-author of "History Lessons"--gives us another fascinating look at the biases inherent in the way we learn about our history. Juxtaposing passages from U.S. history textbooks from different eras, "History in the Making" provides us with intriguing new perspectives on familiar historical events and the ways in which they have been represented over time. The hardcover edition of "History in the Making" struck a chord among readers of popular history, and Ward was featured on NPR's popular series "How the Understanding of U.S. History Changes." "Interesting and useful," according to "Booklist," the book "convincingly illustrates how texts change as social and political attitudes evolve. With excerpts that span two hundred years, from Columbus's arrival to the Boston Massacre, from women's suffrage to Japanese internment, "History in the Making" exposes the stark contrasts between the lessons different generations have been taught about our past. "A good starting point for anyone interested in history and subjectivity" ("Kirkus"), this immensely readable book is proof positive that your history is not your grandparent's history and won't be your children's history.

Acknowledgments
Editor's Note
Introduction
Exploration and Colonization
Native American Relations with the New Settlers
The Vikings
Columbus's Landing in the New World
St. Augustine: America's First City
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
The Pilgrims Land in the New World
New Sweden
Anne Hutchinson
Witchcraft in the Colonies
The American Revolution
George Washington and Fort Duquesne
The Boston Massacre
Lexington and Concord
Massacre at Wyoming
Women in the Revolutionary War
The New Nation
Andrew Jackson and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend
The Monroe Doctrine
The Caroline Affair
The Trail of Tears
The Mormons
The Alamo
The Start of the Mexican-American War
The Civil War Era
Slavery in America
Abraham Lincoln's Character
John Brown at Harpers Ferry
The Dakota Conflict of 1862
Sherman's March to the Sea
African Americans and Reconstruction
Birth of the Ku Klux Klan
Industrialization, Imperialism, and War
Eugene V. Debs and the Pullman Strike
Immigration
Women's Suffrage
The Sinking of the USS Maine
The Philippine-American War
The Espionage Act
The League of Nations
The Great Depression and World War II
Causes of the Stock Market Crash
Social Security Act
The Bataan Death March
Japanese Internment
Rosie the Riveter
The Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Cold War and Postwar America
The Marshall Plan
Truman Fires MacArthur
McCarthyism
Desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement
The Bay of Pigs
The Laotian Crisis
The Vietnam Era
The Gulf of Tonkin
The Countercultre
Nixon in China
The Modern Feminist Movement
The Camp David Accords
The Reagan Revolution
Notes
Bibliography
Permissions
Index

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