Arguing with Historians: Essays on the Historical and the Unhistorical

Arguing with Historians: Essays on the Historical and the Unhistorical

by Richard Nelson Current

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Distinguished historian Current reprints 11 seminal essays, spanning a half-century. The essays are bound together by Current's thematic leitmotif of nationalism and sectionalism and by his iconoclastic perspective on myths about American history. Especially valuable are his debunking of psychobiography and the historical accuracy of Gore Vidal, Alex Haley, et al. In other essays, he rescues Lincoln and carpetbaggers from charges of racism and opportunism and defends Grant's presidency. Recommended to students of historiography and those concerned with the uses and abuses of history. Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
A paper reprint of the 1987 edition ($25.95). Current presents the case for a scrupulous adherence to fact and offers corrections to what he sees as errors of interpretation of American history. Essays deal with themes of nationalism and sectionalism, chiefly the changing relationship between blacks and whites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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