After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection

After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection

Mcgraw-Hill College

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  • Publish Date: 1992-01-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: James West Davidson;Mark Hamilton Lytle

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This text uses 15 dramatic episodes in American history to show students how historians go about the business of interpreting the past. It discusses historical methods within the context of an historical narrative so that students may learn about American history at the same time as seeing how historians use a variety of evidence (diaries, letters, photographs and records) and methods to explain the past. This edition contains a new chapter on the Vietnam experience that examines how Hollywood incorporated the horror of My Lai into their mythic formulations and how dramatic films can be used as historical evidence. Some chapters have been substantially revised or rewritten to take into account recently published material - The Invisible Pioneers (chapter 5), Sacco and Vanzetti (chapter 10), The Decision to Drop the Bomb (chapter 12).

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