History in the Making:
An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling over the Last 300 Years
On Sale: October 3, 2006
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In this absorbing look at how the telling of American
history has changed over the past three hundred years,
historian Kyle Ward juxtaposes excerpts from U.S. history
textbooks of different eras to compare how the same event or
historical figure has been portrayed differently at
different times in our nation's history.
From the Boston Massacre to antebellum slavery, the sinking
of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor to the stock market crash
of 1929, Ward uncovers unexpected and often dramatic shifts
of interpretation corresponding to prevailing attitudes at
the time each textbook was written. History in the Making is
the history of historyâ€”a stark reminder that even history
itself changes over time.
For anyone whose view of history was turned on its ear by
James Loewen's bestselling Lies My Teacher Told Me, here is
striking, firsthand evidence of the shifting biases,
politics, and cultural preferences in both our understanding
of our own history and in what we teach our children about
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