History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past

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Vintage Books, 2000 - Education - 320 pages
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"A deeply informed, balanced, and compelling book." --Los Angeles Times

In History on Trial, authors Gary B. Nash, Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. Dunn examine the controversy and criticism over how our nation's history should be taught, culminating in the debate about National History Standards. The book chronicles a media war spearheaded by conservatives from National Endowment for the Humanities veteran Lynne Cheney to Rush Limbaugh, posing questions with regard to history as it relates to national identity. What, the authors ask, is our objective in teaching history to children? Is the role of schools, textbooks, and museums to instill patriotism? Do we revise and reinterpret the past to tell stories that reflect present-day values? If so, who should articulate these values? Wonderfully clear, timely in its intentions, History on Trial provides a thoughtful account of the ways in which Americans have, since the beginning of the Republic, perceived and argued about our past.

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User Review  - Muscogulus - LibraryThing

This is the definitive account of the political battle over the National History Standards of the 1990s, but that's not all it has to offer. Nash and his colleagues give historical perspective through ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

Book serves as a good introduction to the history of historiography, effectively bring about the explanations as to why official history cannot exist, and the flaws and shortcomings of the right's views on history education. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Gary B. Nash teaches American history at UCLA. Charlotte Crabtree taught curriculum studies at UCLA for over 30 years. Ross E. Dunn is Professor of History ar San Diego State University.

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