Myth America A Historical Anthology

ISBN-10: 1933385138
ISBN-13: 9781933385136
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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List price: $43.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The idea for Myth America grew out of our won teaching experiences. In continuously dealing with students who for the most part were beginning their collegiate study of American history, we found that a thematic approach to the nation's past was stimulating. The theme of myth as threads within the diverse tapestry of cultural experience proved to be especially engaging. The selected historical myths discussed and analyzed in Myth America can best be understood as a series of false beliefs about America's past. They are false beliefs, however, that have been accepted as true and acted upon as real, and in that acting they have acquired truth. Therefore, myths remain both true and false simultaneously. In fact, the making of myths is a process by which a culture structures its world and perpetuates its grandest dreams. While offering a strong foundation of classic historical writing and interpretation, Myth America includes numerous fresh selections on womens' history, southerners and American regionalism, popular culture, African American stereotyping, urban America, controversial leaders such as Booker T. Washington, progressivism in relation to both conservation and ethnicity, the nature and legacy of the Great War, World War II, and Vietnam, President Kennedy and Reagan, mythic dynamics of the Cold War, Asian-Americans, and multiculturalism. We have been guided in our final selections by a desire to offer articles that voice our mythic theme in a scholarly and provocative way: articles that offer students readability and current interest without sacrificing the demands of thorough historical scholarship. We occasionally refer to historiography, for historians function as the culture's preeminent storytellers and so maintain their seemingly contradictory roles of mythmakers and myth-debunkers.

Introdution
Myths of Reconstuction & the Gilded Age
American Myths at Century's End
Myths of Progressivism & the 1920s
Myths of Politics & Foreign Affairs
Social Myths of Modern America

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