History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling over the Last 200 Years
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Kyle Ward
- Publish Date: 2007-10-30
In this âthought-provoking studyâ (Library Journal ), historian Kyle Wardâthe widely acclaimed co-author of History Lessonsâgives us another fascinating look at the biases inherent in the way we learn about our history. Juxtaposing passages from U.S. history textbooks from different eras, History in the Making provides us with intriguing new perspectives on familiar historical events and the ways in which they have been represented over time.
The hardcover edition of History in the Making struck a chord among readers of popular history, and Ward was featured on NPRâs popular series âHow the Understanding of U.S. History Changes.â âInteresting and useful,â according to Booklist, the book âconvincingly illustrates how texts change as social and political attitudes evolve.â
With excerpts that span two hundred years, from Columbusâs arrival to the Boston Massacre, from womenâs suffrage to Japanese internment, History in the Making exposes the stark contrasts between the lessons different generations have been taught about our past. âA good starting point for anyone interested in history and subjectivityâ (Kirkus), this immensely readable book is proof positive that your history is not your grandparentâs history and wonât be your childrenâs history.