Learning History in America: Schools, Cultures, and Politics

Learning History in America: Schools, Cultures, and Politics

by Lloyd Kramer
     
 

The essays in this book, like all other texts, have been written in a historical context that shapes both the themes and the prose styles of the authors. A close reading of these texts would in fact lead to many overlapping contexts of politics, social hierarchies, modern communications, and international relations, but we want to focus briefly on two contextual… See more details below

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The essays in this book, like all other texts, have been written in a historical context that shapes both the themes and the prose styles of the authors. A close reading of these texts would in fact lead to many overlapping contexts of politics, social hierarchies, modern communications, and international relations, but we want to focus briefly on two contextual influences that carry the most obvious connections to this book: the wide-ranging public debate about the proper curriculum for American schools and universities, and the more specific debate among historians about new trends in historical scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816623631
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Historical Knowledge, Education, and Public Culture1
Pt. ITextbooks, Survey Courses, and Historical Education
Rethinking American History Textbooks25
Reports of Its Death Were Premature: Why "Western Civ" Endures34
Teaching Western History at Stanford44
Teaching Non-Western History at Stanford53
Teaching High School History inside and Outside the Historical Canon71
History, Science, and Literature: Integrating Knowledge and Involving Students in American High Schools78
Pt. IIRethinking Categories of Historical Meaning
How We Learn about Race through History87
Gender and Historical Understanding107
Canons, Texts, and Contexts120
Pt. IIIPopular Films and Historical Memory
The Historical Film: Looking at the Past in a Postliterate Age141
Introduction to "Interventions in the Field of Dreams with Ariel Dorfman"161
Print Edition of "Interventions in the Field of Dreams with Ariel Dorfman"164
Commentary on "Interventions in the Field of Dreams with Ariel Dorfman"180
Pt. IVPolitical Culture and Historical Interpretation
American Foreign Policy and the Rhetoric of History and Morality189
Reflections on the Crisis in History201
Contributors213
Index217

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