History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years

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The New Press, 2007 - History - 374 pages
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A fascinating reminder of how contemporary prejudices color the way each generation looks at the nation's past.
In this "thought-provoking study" ("Library Journal"), historian Kyle Ward--the widely acclaimed co-author of "History Lessons"--gives us another fascinating look at the biases inherent in the way we learn about our history. Juxtaposing passages from U.S. history textbooks from different eras, "History in the Making" provides us with intriguing new perspectives on familiar historical events and the ways in which they have been represented over time.
The hardcover edition of "History in the Making" struck a chord among readers of popular history, and Ward was featured on NPR's popular series "How the Understanding of U.S. History Changes." "Interesting and useful," according to "Booklist," the book "convincingly illustrates how texts change as social and political attitudes evolve.
With excerpts that span two hundred years, from Columbus's arrival to the Boston Massacre, from women's suffrage to Japanese internment, "History in the Making" exposes the stark contrasts between the lessons different generations have been taught about our past. "A good starting point for anyone interested in history and subjectivity" ("Kirkus"), this immensely readable book is proof positive that your history is not your grandparent's history and won't be your children's history.

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User Review  - ScoutJ - LibraryThing

A little disappointed in that it covers only high school texts, and doesn't get as deep into the historiography as I would have liked. Nor does it provide much in the way of explanation. Each topic consists of three paragraph-length synopses of different public school textbooks. Read full review

History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling over the Last 200 Years

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Ward (history & political science, Vincennes Univ.; coauthor,History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray American History ) presents excerpts from American history textbooks published ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Kyle Ward is the director of the social studies education program at St. Cloud State University. He worked as a high school teacher for many years, teaching a variety of subjects. He is a co-author (with Dana Lindaman) of History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History and the author of History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling over the Last 200 Years and Not Written in Stone: Learning and Unlearning American History Through 200 Years of Textbooks, all published by The New Press.

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