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History in the making : an absorbing look at how American history has changed in the telling over the last 200 years

Author: Kyle Roy Ward
Publisher: New York : New Press, ©2006.
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In this look at how the telling of American history has changed over the past three hundred years, historian Kyle Ward juxtaposes excerpts from U.S. history textbooks of different eras to compare how the same event or historical figure has been portrayed differently at different times in our nation's history. From the Boston Massacre to antebellum slavery, the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor to the stock  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Ward, Kyle Roy, 1969-
History in the making.
New York : New Press, ©2006
(OCoLC)607884525
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kyle Roy Ward
ISBN: 1595580441 9781595580443
OCLC Number: 65301619
Description: xxvi, 374 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Native American relations with the new settlers --
The Vikings --
Columbus's landing in the New World --
St. Augustine: America's first city --
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas --
The pilgrims land in the New World --
New Sweden --
Anne Hutchinson --
Witchcraft in the colonies --
George Washington and Fort Duquesne --
The Boston Massacre --
Lexington and Concord --
Massacre at Wyoming --
Women in the Revolutionary War --
Andrew Jackson and the Battle of Horseshoe Bend --
The Monroe Doctrine --
The Caroline Affair --
The Trail of Tears --
The Mormons --
The Alamo --
The start of the Mexican-American War --
Slavery in America --
Abraham Lincoln's character --
John Brown at Harpers Ferry --
The Dakota conflict of 1862 --
Sherman's march to the sea --
African Americans and Reconstruction --
Birth of the Ku Klux Klan --
Eugene V. Debs and the Pullman Strike --
Immigration --
Women's suffrage --
The sinking of the USS Maine --
The Philippine-American war --
The Espionage Act --
The League of Nations --
Causes of the stock market crash --
Social Security Act --
The Bataan Death March --
Japanese internment --
Rosie the Riveter --
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki --
The Marshall Plan --
Truman fires MacArthur --
McCarthyism --
Desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement --
The Bay of Pigs --
The Laotian crisis --
The Gulf of Tonkin --
The counterculture --
Nixon in China --
The modern feminist movement --
The Camp David Accords --
The Reagan revolution.
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In this look at how the telling of American history has changed over the past three hundred years, historian Kyle Ward juxtaposes excerpts from U.S. history textbooks of different eras to compare how the same event or historical figure has been portrayed differently at different times in our nation's history. From the Boston Massacre to antebellum slavery, the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor to the stock market crash of 1929, Ward uncovers unexpected and often dramatic shifts of interpretation corresponding to prevailing attitudes at the time each textbook was written. Here is striking, firsthand evidence of the shifting biases, politics, and cultural preferences in both our understanding of our own history and in what we teach our children about the past. This is the history of history--a stark reminder that even history itself changes over time.--From publisher description.

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