- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T); 1st edition (June 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316284246
- ISBN-13: 978-0316284240
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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America Revised: History Schoolbooks in the Twentieth Century Hardcover – June, 1979
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What FitzGerald finds is that for most people the history taught in secondary, and even universities, was consciously constructed to enhance the citizenship of the populace. The definition of enhanced citizenship might differ in time and space, but fundamentally it has emphasized a traditional vision of the American past in which a consensus interpretation--a one nation, one people emphasis--has been the norm rather than a story that is filled with conflict and counter narratives.
The fierceness of the debate over what is contained in history textbooks, and therefore what is taught in school, results from the need to redefine national identity and a concern that the bulwarks of traditional conceptions may be crumbling. This has recast historical inquiry as an intellectual battleground where the casualties are no longer theories about the past that matter mostly to historians but the overall "weltanschauung" of society in a post-modern, multicultural, anti-hierarchical age.Read more ›