The Challenge of American History

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Louis P. Masur
JHU Press, 1999年5月20日 - 331 頁

"If historical scholarship has often proved irrelevant to the world outside university walls, history itself has burst into the public domain. Over the last decade, we have witnessed intense national debates over how to present historic events to a public that attends museums, monitors education in the schools, and gazes at the History Channel. Under these circumstances, historians face the challenge of developing new ways of understanding the past and the place of the past in the present. The essays in this volume explore how scholars have reformulated the study of American history over the past fifteen years and identify new headings for future work."—from the Preface

In The Challenge of American History, Louis Masur brings together a sampling recent scholarship to determine the key issues preoccupying historians of American history and to contemplate the discipline's direction for the future . The 15 summary essays comprising this volume allow professional historians, history teachers, and students to grasp in a convenient and accessible form what historians have been writing about. Arranged in a general chronological order, these essays probe such topics as the age of discovery, colonial American history, emancipation, race and labor history, law and political development, and the nature of historical writing since the 1960s. Additional essays discuss race and gender in colonial as well as modern America, the new paradigms of urban history, religious history, visual culture, public history, the new narrative history, and the meanings of national culture.

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The Myth of The Sound and the Fury
3
As I Lay Dying
28
An American Gothic
44
The Strange Career of Joe Christmas
63
Absalom Absalom and the House Divided
96
Go Down Moses
131
Notes
161
PREFACE ix
Black and White Workers
146
The New Paradigms of Urban History 175
175
Index
181
DANIEL R ERNST Law and American Political
205
JACQUELINE JONES Race and Gender in Modern America
220
JOHN T MCGREEVY Faith and Morals in
239
JAMES GOODMAN For the Love of Stories
255
Visual Culture
275

The Pervasive
1
MANCALL The Age of Discovery 26
26
Gender
96
ALEX LICHTENSTEIN Was the Emancipated Slave
124
Mrs Thatcher
294
DAVID A HOLLINGER National Culture and Communities
312
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
329
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Louis Masur is professor of history at the City College of the City University of New York and the editor of Reviews in American History.

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