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Historians Against History was first published in 1967. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.
Professor Noble examines the basic philosophy and writing of six American historians, George Bancroft, Frederick Jackson, Charles A. Beard, Carl Becker, Vernon Louis Parrington, and Daniel J. Boorstin, and finds in them a common tradition which he calls anti-historical. He argues that this viewpoint is founded in the frontier interpretation of American history, that American historians have served as the chief political theorists and theologians of this country since 1830, and that their writings can be interpreted as Jeremiads designed to preserve a national covenant with nature.
1 Flight From Feudalism: The New World and The Puritan Covenant 3
2 George Bancroft: Nature and the Fulfillment of the Covenant 18
3 Frederick Jackson Turner: The Machine and the loss of the Covenant 37
4 Charles A. Beard: Industrialism and the Covenant Restored 56
5 Carl Becker: Europe and the Roots of the Covenant 76
6 Vernon Louis Parrington: the Covenant and the Jeffersonian Jeremiad 98
7 Beard: The Covenant Threatened By Institutional Power 118
8 Becker: The Covenant Replaced By Civilization 139
9 Daniel Boorstin: Blackstone and The Conservation of The American Covenant 157
10 The End of The Covenant and The Beginning of American History 176