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In the Past Lane: Historical Perspectives on…

In the Past Lane: Historical Perspectives on American Culture

by Michael Kammen

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In this collection of essays, Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Kammen delves into various issues of cultural history in America. Of particular interest is "Personal History and the Historian's Vocation," in which Kammen takes readers on something of a behind-the-scenes look at historians and how their personal lives (or heritage) influences their work. In other essays, Kammen examines the history of connections between the government and American culture, artistic representations of justice in America (right down to courthouse statuary), and the issue of "memory distortion" in American history.

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Michael Kammen is a major American historian, whose books have received the Bancroft and Parkman prizes. This book collects his essays on American culture, of which he is one of the major historians.

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