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Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a…

Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World

by Eric Foner

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This is an insightful and thought-provoking collection of essays on the study of history by the eminent American historian, Eric Foner. Foner's best known works focus on the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, and that is a major focus for this book. In addition, Foner writes about how his own life shaped his interest in history, and his attitudes towards it. The key message of the book is that history is necessarily interpretive, and that interpretation of the past is shaped by current political realities. This is vividly demonstrated when one compares (as Foner does) the Ken Burns version of the Civil War (a battle between brothers that led to reconciliation) to Foner's own interpretation (a struggle over slavery that still has not be completely resolved). 'Who owns history?' is an important subtext in current American political debate, and "Who Owns History?" is a great help in thinking about the problem. ( )
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I picked this up in a bookstore on a trip to Washington, D.C. I am a history guy, read a lot of history, and am a history teacher. I've also read some Eric Foner. He is an original mind, and this collection of essays shows a historian at his best, synthesizing his understanding of history with a view to the present (or at least more recent past.) ( )
  ksmyth | Jul 20, 2007 |
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Who Owns History? testifies to Eric Foner’s lifelong personal commitment to writing histories that advance the struggle for racial equality and economic justice.” —David Glassberg, The Sunday Star-Ledger

History has become a matter of public controversy, as Americans clash over such things as museum presentations, the flying of the Confederate flag, and reparations for slavery. So whose history is being written? Who owns it?

Eric Foner answers these and other questions about the historian’s relationship to the world of the past and future in this provocative, even controversial, study of the reasons we care about history—or should.

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