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The unpredictable past : explorations in American cultural history

Author: Lawrence W Levine
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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"The future is certain," according to an old Soviet joke, "it is only the past that is unpredictable." But it is not solely in totalitarian societies that the past is contested terrain. Disagreements about the meaning and significance of past events and people have been part of the landscape in our own society from its inception. To the historian, therefore, the unpredictability of the past is no laughing matter.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence W Levine
ISBN: 0195082974 9780195082975 0195082966 9780195082968
OCLC Number: 26632593
Description: xii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: I. Thinking about history. The unpredictable past: reflections on recent American historiography ; The historian and the culture gap --
II. Patterns of African-American culture. Slave songs and slave consciousness: explorations in neglected sources ; "Some go up and some go down": the meaning of the slave trickster ; African culture and U.S. slavery ; The concept of the new Negro and the realities of Black culture ; Marcus Garvey and the politics of revitalization --
III. Towards an understanding of popular culture. William Shakespeare and the American people: a study in cultural transformation ; Jazz and American culture ; Progress and nostalgia: the self image of the nineteen twenties ; American culture and the Great Depression ; Hollywood's Washington: film images of national politics during the Great Depression ; The historian and the icon: photography and the history of the American people in the 1930s and 1940s ; The folklore of industrial society: popular culture and its audiences.
Responsibility: Lawrence W. Levine.
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These essays cover American history, historiography, aspects of black culture and American popular culture during the Depression. The collection offers fresh insights into the black experience and  Read more...

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