History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling Over the Last 200 Years
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 YearsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Excerpts from American-history textbooks from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries trace the ways that history has been written and rewritten over time.Insofar as they can be known, the facts of history ... Read full review