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History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has… (2006)

by Kyle Ward

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A little disappointed in that it covers only high school texts, and doesn't get as deep into the historiography as I would have liked. Nor does it provide much in the way of explanation. Each topic consists of three paragraph-length synopses of different public school textbooks. ( )
  ScoutJ | Mar 31, 2013 |
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To Annika - with all my love
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Native Americans play an interesting role in most U.S. history textbooks written over the past two centuries.
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In this look at how the telling of American history has changed over the past three hundred years, historian Kyle Ward juxtaposes excerpts from U.S. history textbooks of different eras to compare how the same event or historical figure has been portrayed differently at different times in our nation's history. From the Boston Massacre to antebellum slavery, the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor to the stock market crash of 1929, Ward uncovers unexpected and often dramatic shifts of interpretation corresponding to prevailing attitudes at the time each textbook was written. Here is striking, firsthand evidence of the shifting biases, politics, and cultural preferences in both our understanding of our own history and in what we teach our children about the past. This is the history of history--a stark reminder that even history itself changes over time.--From publisher description.… (more)

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