Learning History in America: Schools, Cultures, and Politics

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816623648
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Historical Knowledge, Education, and Public Culture 1
Pt. I Textbooks, Survey Courses, and Historical Education
Rethinking American History Textbooks 25
Reports of Its Death Were Premature: Why "Western Civ" Endures 34
Teaching Western History at Stanford 44
Teaching Non-Western History at Stanford 53
Teaching High School History inside and Outside the Historical Canon 71
History, Science, and Literature: Integrating Knowledge and Involving Students in American High Schools 78
Pt. II Rethinking Categories of Historical Meaning
How We Learn about Race through History 87
Gender and Historical Understanding 107
Canons, Texts, and Contexts 120
Pt. III Popular Films and Historical Memory
The Historical Film: Looking at the Past in a Postliterate Age 141
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. IV Political Culture and Historical Interpretation
American Foreign Policy and the Rhetoric of History and Morality 189
Reflections on the Crisis in History 201
Contributors 213
Index 217
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