Selvages and Biases: The Fabric of History in American Culture

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Cornell University Press, 1989 - History - 336 pages
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Michael Kammen here addresses three closely related themes concerning the state of historical inquiry in America--how history as a professional discipline has changed over the past century; the significance of historiography as a measure of cultural change; and the necessity for new approaches to American cultural history, and to state and local history as well.

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Michael Gedaliah Kammen was born in Rochester, New York on October 25, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in history from George Washington University and master's and doctoral degrees in history from Harvard University. He was a professor of American history and culture at Cornell University since 1965. He wrote numerous books including A Season of Youth, A Machine That Would Go of Itself, Mystic Chords of Memory: The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture, Visual Shock, and Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials. He received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for history for People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization. He died on November 29, 2013 at the age of 77.

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