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Presence of the Past Popular Uses of History in American Life

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ISBN-10: 0231111487

ISBN-13: 9780231111485

Edition: 1998

Authors: Roy Rosenzweig, David P. Thelen, David Thelen

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Some people make photo albums, collect antiques, or visit historic battlefields. Others keep diaries, plan annual family gatherings, or stitch together patchwork quilts in a tradition learned from grandparents. Each of us has ways of communing with the past, and our reasons for doing so are as varied as our memories. In a sweeping survey, Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen asked 1,500 Americans about their connection to the past and how it influences their daily lives and hopes for the future. The result is a surprisingly candid series of conversations and reflections on how the past infuses the present with meaning. Rosenzweig and Thelen found that people assemble their experiences into…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/26/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

David Thelen is a history professor at Indiana University and an editor of the Journal of American History. Thelen focuses on the recent history of American politics and television in his book, Becoming Citizens in the Age of Television. He also edited Discovering America: Essays on the Search for an Identity.

Introduction: Scenes from a Survey
The Presence of the Past: Patterns of Popular Historymaking
Using the Past to Live in the Present: Relationships, Identity, Immortality
Using the Past to Shape the Future: Building Narratives, Taking Responsibility
"Experience Is the Best Teacher": Participation, Mediation, Authority, Trust
Beyond the Intimate Past: Americans and Their Collective Pasts
History in Black and Red: African Americans and American Indians and Their Collective Pasts
Everyone a Historian
A Participatory Historical Culture
How We Did the Survey