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Fictions of U.S. History (signed)


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ISBN 10: 0253340764 / ISBN 13: 9780253340764
Published by Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 2000
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Title: Fictions of U.S. History (signed)

Publisher: Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First printing

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Fictions of History offers a new definition of the term "fictions." A fiction is not merely the imaginative literature we treasure in works of novelists, dramatists, and poets. It is a powerful, driving idea that enters the life of an individual, the course a whole society travels, and the stories historians tell about the human past. In many dimensions, fictions affect every person on planet Earth. We all live lives based on fictions.

Frances Richardson Keller chooses fascinating examples to demonstrate how dominant fictions of a given time emerge and are entrenched, and how historical figures have come to accept or reject these fictions. She begins with "the grandest fiction," the patriarchal system, and reflects on its origins, effects, and future. Then she addresses the fictions that dominated stories historians told about the Reconstruction of America after the Civil War. Keller next considers the emergence and demise of Mormon polygamy as a fiction in the 19th century. Her fourth and last illustration is the life of Eleanor Roosevelt and the fictions that empowered her.

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Frances Richardson Keller was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago. She is author and editor of numerous articles and books, including American Crusade: The Life of Charles Waddell Chesnutt, Slavery and the French Revolutionists by Anna Julia Cooper (editor and translator), and Views of Women's Lives in Western Tradition. Dr. Keller taught History and Women's Studies at San Francisco State University, and continues to lecture and publish widely on topics in women's, African-American, and U.S. history.

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