The presence of the past :popular uses of history in American life /Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-242375

Description

x, 291 p. ; 24 cm., "Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen asked 1,500 Americans about their connection to the past and how it influences their daily lives and hopes for the future. The result is a surprisingly candid series of conversations and reflections on how the past infuses the present with meaning." "While the past is omnipresent to Americans, "history" as it is usually defined in textbooks leaves many people cold. Rosenzweig and Thelen found that history as taught in school does not inspire a strong connection to the past. And they reveal how race and ethnicity affect how Americans perceive the past."--BOOK JACKET.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Memory Social aspects
National characteristics, American.
Interviews
Geschiedenis.
Historisch besef.
Dagelijks leven.
Memâoria.
Americanos (vida cotidiana)
History Philosophy.
Social life and customs.

Originator

Rosenzweig, Roy.
Thelen, David P. (David Paul)

Contents

The presence of the past: patterns of popular historymaking -- Using the past to live in the present: relationships, identity, immortality -- Using the past to shape the future: building narratives, taking responsibility -- "Experience is the best teacher": participation, mediation, authority, trust -- Beyond the intimate past: Americans and their collective pasts -- History in black and red: African Americans and American Indians and their collective pasts.

Publication

New York : Columbia University Press

Description

x, 291 p. ; 24 cm.
"Roy Rosenzweig and David Thelen asked 1,500 Americans about their connection to the past and how it influences their daily lives and hopes for the future. The result is a surprisingly candid series of conversations and reflections on how the past infuses the present with meaning." "While the past is omnipresent to Americans, "history" as it is usually defined in textbooks leaves many people cold. Rosenzweig and Thelen found that history as taught in school does not inspire a strong connection to the past. And they reveal how race and ethnicity affect how Americans perceive the past."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-284) and index.
Gift of Laura Roberts, April 15, 1999.

ISBN

0231111487 (alk. paper)
9780231111485 (alk. paper)
0231111495 (pbk.)
9780231111492 (pbk.)

Call Number

Stacks E179.5.R67 1998

Places

United States.
United States
Estados Unidos (Aspectos Sociais)