In dramatic episodes that move chronologically through Americ. Davidson and Lytle go through American history, starting in Salem and ending at Watergate and pick out a variety of interesting cases through which to show how historians do their work--critical analysis of documents, grand theories, interpretative models, and more. The job of a good historian is to limit the influences of biases on the interpretation of the past. It examines a broad variety of topics including oral evidence, photographs, ecological data, films and television programs, church and town records, census data, and novels. No one can be completely objective in their telling of an event and what they say and don't say! There are no marks of any kind. The authors introduced points and tied together concepts in logical, brilliant ways.
His publications include The Origins of the Iranian-American Alliance, 1941-1953, After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection with James West Davidson , America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon, and, most recently, The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, and the Rise of the Environmental Movement. Breaking Into WaterGate Chapter 17. Choose expedited shipping if available for much faster delivery. I read this book for my seminar class in college and it drastically changed the way I viewed history ever since. Authors Davidson and Lytle want to interest others in the challenges and occasional romance of their discipline.
The authors' brisk style is engaging, making the book clear enough for a beginner and never overloaded with scholarly apparatus. The stories the authors tell are filled with little known details that make you, the audience, ponder the traditional versions of the history topic. Into this situation stepped Smith, along with the strange new tribe of white people who had just arrived from across the Atlantic. History, then, is not just what the history books tell us. Dust Bowl Odyssey Chapter 13.
It's aged very well and it's still applicable. Robin Winks's ''The Historian as Detective'' 1969 was an anthology of essays written by diverse authors in many fields of history. An excellent copy now protected in a new Mylar cover. Overall, this was a pretty fun textbook. Like many other immigrants, he had difficulty finding work he eventually was reduced to begging for food. Attempts to solve history's mysteries: Witchcraft mania in Salem, Was John Brown mad? The Salem witch trials are used as an example of looking at the history of a small community. Jackson's Frontier-and Turner's Chapter 7.
They apply some of the historical techniques they describe to an analysis of the report and use it as an example of how all of these tools can be used together by the historian to more fully understand the causes and lasting effects of historical events. From Rosie to Lucy Chapter 15. This section contains 479 words approx. It is a fascinating view of the process of examining history, as applied to different famous historical events Salem witch trials, etc. Whether for an introductory survey or for a historical methods course, After the Fact is the ideal text to introduce readers, step by step, to the detective work and analytical approaches historians use when they are doing history. Two chapters stand out, the one on the Salem witch trials of 1692, This episode has always exercised a powerful hold over the American imagination, even if, as the authors point out, they were an aberration in colonial Massachusetts society.
Each chapter is a fabulous piece of history in its own right, and altogether they form a picture of how history should be done and how it should be presented to readers. This textbook teaches you how to use certain sources and what questions to ask through really interesting periods in history. Sacco and Vanzetti Chapter 12. Nonetheless, it is an engaging piece of historical scholarship. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Anyway, I am fairly certain that the last part of the book was as superb as the first. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. The 20th century provides the authors with examples of how to examine legal processes using the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants who were executed for murder. One engages in a thoughtful and imaginative puzzle. 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, p Volume 1 of a 2-volume work that uses 15 dramatic episodes in American history to show students how historians go about the business of interpreting the past.
This was a really cool textbook. In dramatic episodes that move chronologically through American history, this best-selling book examines a broad variety of topics including oral evidence, photographs, ecological data, films and television programs, church and town records, census data, and novels. He is also co-editor, with Michael Stoff, of New Narratives in American History, a series published by Oxford University Press, as well as the coauthor of textbooks in American history. It seems as though the authors want readers to take their word for the information presented. The final example from the 19th century is the narratives of former slaves gathered in the early 20th century, which demonstrate some of the issues inherent in oral history. The raw data of the past has to be woven into history. The Mirror with a Memory Chapter 10.