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Overview

For more than twenty-five years, After the Fact has provided a time-tested, innovative approach to guiding students through American history and the methods used to study it. In dramatic episodes that move chronologically through American history, this best-selling book examines a broad variety of topics like oral evidence, photographs, ecological data, films and television programs, church and town records, census data, and novels. Whether for the introductory survey or for a historical methods course, After the Fact is the ideal text for any instructor who wants to introduce his or her students to what it is that historians actually do when studying American history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072994018
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/30/2004
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 5
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James West Davidson received his B.A. from Haverford College and his Ph.D. from Yale University. A historian who has pursued a full-time writing career, he is the author of numerous books, among them After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (with Mark H. Lytle), The Logic of Millennial Thought: Eighteenth Century New England, and Great Heart: The History of a Labrador Adventure (with John Rugge). He is co-editor with Michael Stiff of the Oxford New Narratives in American History, in which his most recent book appears: 'They Say': Ida B. Wells and the Reconstruction of Race.

Mark H. Lytle received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is Professor of History and Environmental Studies. he has served two years as Mary Ball Washington Professor of American History at University College, Dublin, in Ireland. His publications include The Origins of the Iranian-American Alliance, 1941-1953, After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (with James West Davidson), America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon, and, most recently, The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement. He is co-editor of a joint issue of the journals of Diplomatic History and Environmental History dedicated to the field of environmental diplomacy.

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Table of Contents


Prologue: The Strange Death of Silas Deane: The Problem of Selecting Evidence

1. Serving Time in Virginia: The Perspectives of Evidence in Social History

2. The Visible and Invisible Worlds of Salem: Studying Crisis at the Community Level

3. Declaring Independence: The Strategies of Documentary Analysis

4. Material Witness: Hearth and Home in the Material Culture of a Market Economy

5. Jackson’s Frontier-and Turners: History and Grand Theory

6. The Invisible Pioneers: Ecological Transformations along the Western Frontier

7. The Madness of John Brown: The Uses of Psychohistory

8. The View from the Bottom Rail: Oral History and the Freedpeople

9. The Mirror with a Memory: Photographic Evidence and the Urban Scene

10. USDA Government Inspected: The Jungle of Political History

11. Sacco and Vanzetti: The Case of History versus Law

12. Dust Bowl Odyssey: The Collective History of a Migration

13. The Decision to Drop the Bomb: The Uses of Models in History

14. From Rosie to Lucy: The Mass Media and Images of Women in the 1950s

15. Breaking into Watergate: Plumbing a Presidency through Audio Tapes

16. Where Trouble Comes: History and Myth in the Films of Vietnam

17. Contemporary Body Image and Gender:Our Obsession with Thin Women and Buff Men
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