A new generation of scholars addresses the current themes and questions in interpreting American history
American History Now
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Edited for the American Historical Association
edited by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr
American History Now collects eighteen original historiographic essays that survey recent scholarship in American history and trace the shifting lines of interpretation and debate in the field. Building on the legacy of two previous editions of The New American History, this volume presents an entirely new group of contributors and a reconceptualized table of contents.
The new generation of historians showcased in American History Now posed new questions and developed new approaches to scholarship to revise the prevailing interpretations of the chronological periods from the colonial era to the Reagan years. Covering the established subfields of women's history, African American history, and immigration history, the book also considers the history of capitalism, Native American history, environmental history, religious history, cultural history, and the history of “the United States in the world.”
American History Now provides an indispensable summation of the state of the field for those interested in the study and teaching of the American past.
"[T]he contributors offer thoughtful analyses of past trends within the profession and informed discussions of the future of this organization and the historical profession more generally.... [There are] many insights contained in each of the important essays in American History Now, [and] certain themes do emerge from this body of work.... This fine volume will be useful to historians at various stages of their careers."
Volume Editors’ Preface
Part I: Eras of the American Past
Part II: Major Themes in the American Experience
Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on American history. He has served as president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, and the Society of American Historians. His most recent book is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner of the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes.
Lisa McGirr is Professor of History at Harvard University. Her research focuses on politics and social movements in the twentieth century. The author of the award-winning book: Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right, she is currently working on a book entitled Prohibition and the Making of Modern America.
In the series
Critical Perspectives on the Past, edited by Susan Porter Benson, Stephen Brier, and Roy Rosenzweig, is concerned with the traditional and nontraditional ways in which historical ideas are formed. In its attentiveness to issues of race, class, and gender and to the role of human agency in shaping events, the series is as critical of traditional historical method as content. Emphasizing that history is itself an interpretation of material events, the series demonstrates that the historian's choices of subject, narrative technique, and documentation are politically as well as intellectually constructed.