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The State of U.S. History - Melvyn Stokes

The State of U.S. History

By: Melvyn Stokes (Editor)

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Published: 1st March 2002
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Historians are very much aware of the variety of national and international trends that have shaped historical inquiry in recent decades. Americanists, in particular, have been conscious of the growing importance of gender issues, the 'turn' to questions of language and meaning, the increasing significance of cultural matters, and a new emphasis on regional history. The 1990s, moreover, saw a major movement to internationalize approaches to American history by emphasizing comparisons with other countries and cultures. By the end of the twentieth century it was by no means clear whether there was any distinctive 'American' history or, if it did exist, what its main contours were. This book brings together a distinguished international group of scholars in an effort to answer this key question through a sustained interrogation of the periods, themes, fields, problems and perspectives in historical writing on the United States. How have the intricate issues surrounding gender, race, slavery and civil rights been resolved and interpreted in recent American history? How have historians dealt with the complexities of events such as the American Revolution, the Civil War, Reconstruction and the New Deal in developing their historical narratives? In what ways have technological developments in industry, print and film influenced the questions historians ask? The State of U.S. History offers an exciting introduction to the debates surrounding the major trends in American historical debates and the crucial events and influences that have helped define the American experience.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Notesp. 18
Themes and Periodsp. 22
Writing the History of the American Revolutionp. 23
Notesp. 38
Reshaping Society: American Social History from Revolution to Reconstructionp. 45
Notesp. 64
Rediscovering Jacksonian Americap. 69
Notesp. 85
The Evangelical Surge and the Significance of Religion in the Early United States, 1783-1865p. 93
Notesp. 106
The New Deal in American Scholarshipp. 115
Notesp. 126
Beyond the "age of Mccarthy": Anticommunism and the Historiansp. 131
Notesp. 147
Segregation and Civil Rights: African American Freedom Strategies in the Twentieth Centuryp. 155
Notesp. 169
Fieldsp. 178
Industrial History: the State of the Artp. 179
Notesp. 191
Intellectual History, Democracy, and the Culture of Ironyp. 199
Notesp. 217
Women's History and Genderp. 223
Notesp. 237
Print and the Public Sphere in Early Americap. 245
Notesp. 260
The Rise of Film Historyp. 265
Acknowledgementsp. 276
Notesp. 277
Regional Historyp. 284
The American West: from Exceptionalism to Internationalismp. 285
Notesp. 303
Orpheus Turning: the Present State of Southern Historyp. 307
Notesp. 319
Perspectives and Problemsp. 326
Class and the Construction of "race": White Racism in the American Southp. 327
Notesp. 342
Imagining Indians: Differing Perspectives on Native American Historyp. 347
Notesp. 360
Class in American History: Issues and a Case Study John Ashworthp. 367
Notesp. 381
Conflict by Consent: Popular Commitment, Community Participation, and the War for the Unionp. 387
Notesp. 401
By Way of Dubois: the Question of Black Initiative in the Civil War and Reconstructionp. 407
Notesp. 421
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9781859735961
ISBN-10: 1859735967
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 1st March 2002
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.43  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.68