This two-volume reader consists of twenty-nine original essays, each one crafted by a scholar who is an expert in a particular field of historical inquiry. Each decade of American history is represented by at least one essay. The stories cover a wide range of topics including popular culture, women's history, urban history, and the history of science and technology. The essays also shed light on political, social, economic, and cultural trends. After reading these engaging pieces, students will be left with a sense of a living past, not abstract historiographical debates.
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William Graebner is Professor of History and Chair of the department at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians for Coal-Mining Safety in the Progressive Period: The Political Economy of Reform (1976). He is also the author of The Engineering of Consent: Democracy and Authority in Twentieth-Century America (1987); Coming of Age in Buffalo: Youth and Authority in the Postwar Era (1990); The Age of Doubt: American Thought and Culture in the 1940’s (1991); and an edited collection, True Stories from the American Past (1993). In 1993, he was Fulbright Professor of American Studies at the University of Rome. He currently serves on the editorial board of The Historian and as Associate Editor of American Studies.
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