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

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"A deeply informed, balanced, and compelling book." --Los Angeles Times

InHistory 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 Trialprovides 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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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

HISTORY ON TRIAL: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past

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Three meticulous observers explore who decides what history gets taught to high-school students, with close attention to the current controversy over multiculturalism. When Lynne Cheney was head of ... Read full review

Contents

In the Matter of History
3
Hallowed History New History
25
Postwar Paradoxes
53
Years of Ferment
75
History Culture and Politics
98
History Wars Abroad
128
Setting National History Standards
149
The RightWing Assault
188
Inside the Beltway
223
Lessons from the History
259
128
316
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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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