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Download PDF by Erik Christiansen: Channeling the Past: Politicizing History in Postwar America

By Erik Christiansen

ISBN-10: 0299289044

ISBN-13: 9780299289041

After the turmoil of the good melancholy and international battle II, americans regarded to the nation’s extra far-off prior for classes to notify its doubtful destiny. by means of utilizing contemporary and rising recommendations in mass communication—including radio and tv courses and advertisement ebook clubs—American elites operating in media, trade, and govt used background to confer authority on their respective messages.

    With perception and wit, Erik Christiansen uncovers in Channeling the Past the ways in which strong companies rewrote heritage to bolster the postwar company nation, whereas progressives, communists, and different leftists vied to make their very own types of the earlier extra renowned. Christiansen appears heavily at a number of extraordinary initiatives—CBS’s flashback You Are There software; the Smithsonian Museum of yank historical past, built within the overdue Fifties; the Cavalcade of America application backed through the Du Pont corporation; the background e-book membership; and the liberty educate, a museum on rails that traveled the rustic from 1947 to 1949 displaying historical files and flags, together with unique copies of the U.S. structure and the Magna Carta.

    It is frequently stated that historical past is written via the victors, yet Christiansen bargains a extra nuanced standpoint: heritage is continually remade to fit the ambitions of these with the assets to do it. He presents dramatic facts of refined calculations that motivated either public opinion and ancient reminiscence, and exhibits that american citizens’ relationships with the earlier replaced as a result.

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