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Interpreting American History

Book proposals and CVs should be sent to:
Dr. Brian D. McKnight
Department of History and Philosophy
The University of Virginia's College at Wise
Zehmer 220, 1 College Ave.
Wise, VA 24293 USA
Brian D. McKnight and James S. Humphreys, Editors
Intended for graduate students and others interested in historiography, the Interpreting American History series surveys historiographical interpretations of important U.S. historical eras and events, examining not only the intellectual shifts that have taken place but the various catalysts that drove those shifts.

The New South

| Filed under: Interpreting American History, U.S. History
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The concept of the “New South” has elicited fierce debate among historians since the mid-twentieth century. At the heart of the argument is the question of whether the post–Civil War South transformed itself into something genuinely new or simply held firm to patterns of life…

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| Filed under: American History, History, Interpreting American History, Recent Releases
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Writing in 1935 in his brilliant and brooding Black Reconstruction, W. E. B. Du Bois lamented America’s post–Civil War era as a missed opportunity to reconstruct the war-torn nation in deed as well as in word. “If the Reconstruction of the Southern states, from slavery…

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The New Deal and the Great Depression

| Filed under: Interpreting American History
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In this second volume of the Interpreting American History series, experts on the 1930s address the changing historical interpretations of a critical period in American history. Following a decade of prosperity, the Great Depression brought unemployment, economic ruin, poverty, and a sense of hopelessness to…

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The Age of Andrew Jackson

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Historians possess the power to shape the view of history for those who come after them. Their efforts to illuminate significant events of the past often result in new interpretations, which frequently conflict with ideas proposed by earlier historians. Invariably, this divergence of thoughts creates…

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