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In the Past Lane: Historical Perspectives on American Culture / Edition 1
     

In the Past Lane: Historical Perspectives on American Culture / Edition 1

by Michael Kammen
 

ISBN-10: 019513091X

ISBN-13: 9780195130911

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Michael Kammen is widely regarded as one of our most important -- and most diversely talented -- cultural historians. David Brion Davis has said, "No other historian of (his) generation has such a broad and concrete grasp of 'American culture' in all its manifestations, from constitutional law to formal painting and popular culture". This engaging volume stands as

Overview

Michael Kammen is widely regarded as one of our most important -- and most diversely talented -- cultural historians. David Brion Davis has said, "No other historian of (his) generation has such a broad and concrete grasp of 'American culture' in all its manifestations, from constitutional law to formal painting and popular culture". This engaging volume stands as rich and compelling evidence of that assertion. In the Past Lane collects writings from a span of more than ten years, covering the broad spectrum of Kammen's recent interests. Essay topics include the role of the historian, the relationship between culture and the State, uses of tradition in American commercial culture, American historical art, memory distortion in American history, the contested uses of history in American education, and others. The book wilt be seen as an important contribution to Kammen's wide-ranging scholarship -- and to American cultural history proper.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195130911
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
IThe Personal and the Professional
1.Personal Identity and the Historian's Vocation3
IIPerceptions of Culture and Public Life
2.Culture and the State in America75
3.Temples of Justice: The Iconography of Judgment and American Culture99
4."Our Idealism Is Practical": Emerging Uses of Tradition in American Commercial Culture, 1889-1936125
5.The Enduring Challenges and Changing Role of Cultural Institutions143
IIIChanging Perceptions of the Past
6.Myth, Memory, and Amnesia in American Historical Art161
7.The Problem of American Exceptionalism: A Reconsideration169
8.Some Patterns and Meanings of Memory Distortion in American History199
9.History Is Our Heritage: The Past in Contemporary American Culture213
Notes227
Index267
Credits279

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