History Comes Alive: Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s

History Comes Alive: Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s

by M. J. Rymsza-Pawlowska

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ISBN-13: 9781469633879
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Studies in United States Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 258
File size: 16 MB
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M. J. Rymsza-Pawlowska is assistant professor of history and associate director of the graduate program in public history at American University.

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History Comes Alive is a brilliant and fresh excavation of a cultural moment in the 1970s when the way Americans relate to their past was radically transformed. But it is more. Rymsza-Pawlowska pioneers a superb method of analysis--befitting a world of mass media, changing technologies, and a constant rebalancing of public- vs. private-sector responsibilities for cultural activity--that can be applied as well to the 1920s and to our own day. No historian before has seen history-making so broadly and creatively.--Richard Rabinowitz, author of Curating America



History Comes Alive is an original and thought-provoking exploration of popular historical consciousness in 1970s America. Through deft readings of TV mini-series, reenactments, museum exhibits, and multimedia installations, Rymsza-Pawlowska shows powerfully how Americans embraced a new relationship with the past.--Benjamin Filene, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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