History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teachings of the Past

History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teachings of the Past


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"A deeply informed, balanced, and compelling book." —Los Angeles Times

In History on Trial, authors Gary B. Nash, Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. Dunn examine the controversy and criticism over how our nation's history should be taught, culminating in the debate about National History Standards. The book chronicles a media war spearheaded by conservatives from National Endowment for the Humanities veteran Lynne Cheney to Rush Limbaugh, posing questions with regard to history as it relates to national identity. What, the authors ask, is our objective in teaching history to children? Is the role of schools, textbooks, and museums to instill patriotism? Do we revise and reinterpret the past to tell stories that reflect present-day values? If so, who should articulate these values? Wonderfully clear, timely in its intentions, History on Trial provides a thoughtful account of the ways in which Americans have, since the beginning of the Republic, perceived and argued about our past.

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ISBN-13: 9780679767503
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/18/2000
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Gary B. Nash teaches American history at UCLA. Charlotte Crabtree taught curriculum studies at UCLA for over 30 years. Ross E. Dunn is Professor of History ar San Diego State University.

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