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The Usable Past

Author : Keith S. Brown
ISBN : 0739103849
Genre : History
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In this volume, scholars of history, archaeology and anthropology explore the located and contextual nature of historical narratives, analysing contested historical rituals, building style, and traditions, .
Category: History

The Usable Past

Author : Lois Parkinson Zamora
ISBN : 0521582539
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A comparative study of Latin American and North American fiction.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Usable Past

Author : Sarah Bartlett Churchwell
ISBN : 0712344772
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A Usable Past

Author : William J. Bouwsma
ISBN : 0520910141
Genre : History
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The essays assembled here represent forty years of reflection about the European cultural past by an eminent historian. The volume concentrates on the Renaissance and Reformation, while providing a lens through which to view problems of perennial interest. A Usable Past is a book of unusual scope, touching on such topics as political thought and historiography, metaphysical and practical conceptions of order, the relevance of Renaissance humanism to Protestant thought, the secularization of European culture, the contributions of particular professional groups to European civilization, and the teaching of history. The essays in A Usable Past are unified by a set of common concerns. William Bouwsma has always resisted the pretensions to science that have shaped much recent historical scholarship and made the work of historians increasingly specialized and inaccessible to lay readers. Following Friedrich Nietzsche, he argues that since history is a kind of public utility, historical research should contribute to the self-understanding of society.
Category: History

A Usable Past

Author : Lauren Lessing
ISBN : 0972848436
Genre : Art
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Produced and circulated outside the elite sphere of fine art, folk art appealed to the middle-class Americans who were eager to express their identities, interests, and social ambitions through these decorative, vernacular objects. This catalogue presents new research on the Colby College Museum of Art's important collection of paintings, sculptures, needleworks, and works on paper by self-trained artists working primarily in the eastern part of the United States during the long nineteenth century. Essays by Seth A. Thayer, Jr., and Elizabeth Finch investigate the formation, evolving interpretation, and intended uses of the American Heritage Collection of Edith Kemper Jetté and Ellerton Marcel Jetté - one of the earliest gifts to enter the Colby Museum and the basis of its folk art collection. A third essay by Tanya Sheehan explores the complex relationship between folk art, fine art, and American visual culture. More than sixty catalogue entries by scholars, curators, and Colby students identify previously unknown makers and subjects, uncover new information about the construction and original contexts of works in the collection, and enlarge our understanding of what these artworks meant for the people who made and displayed them.
Category: Art

In Search Of A Usable Past

Author : Barry Machado
ISBN : UOM:39015077128182
Genre : Cold War
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"In recent years, the Marshall Plan has been invoked on numerous occasions as a solution for problems domestic and foreign. This study aims to establish the relevance for contemporary postwar reconstruction projects of an experimental foreign policy conceived and executed back in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The monograph clarifies why and how the Marshall Plan was adopted, what its essential features were, and why it succeeded in western Europe, concluding that it had important and mutually reinforcing aspects-- political, psychological, and economics"--Page vii.
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Toward A Usable Past

Author : New York State Historical Records Advisory Board
ISBN : NYPL:33433044496804
Genre : Archives
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Toward A Usable Past

Author : New York State Historical Records Advisory Board
ISBN : UIUC:30112072943365
Genre : Archives
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Category: Archives

War Stories

Author : Robert G. Moeller
ISBN : 0520930312
Genre : History
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Robert G. Moeller powerfully conveys the complicated story of how West Germans recast the recent past after the Second World War. He rejects earlier characterizations of a postwar West Germany dominated by attitudes of "forgetting" or silence about the Nazi past. He instead demonstrates the "selective remembering" that took place among West Germans during the postwar years: in particular, they remembered crimes committed against Germans, crimes that—according to some contemporary accounts—were comparable to the crimes of Germans against Jews. Moeller draws on a wide range of U.S. and German government documents, political debates, film archives, letters, oral histories, and newspaper accounts.
Category: History

Toward A Usable Past

Author : Paul Finkelman
ISBN : 9780820334967
Genre : Law
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The United States Supreme Court's relegation of many rights to definition under state constitutional law, combined with the tendency of recent administrations to entrust the states with the task of preserving individual rights, is increasingly making state constitutions the arena where the battles to preserve the rights to life, liberty, property, due process, and equal protection of laws must be fought. Ranging in time from the late 1700s to the late 1900s, Toward a Usable Past offers a series of case studies that examine the protection afforded individual rights by state constitutions and state constitutional law. As it explores the history of liberty at the state level, this volume also investigates the promise and risks of turning to state constitutions to guarantee and expand individual rights. In this book, major scholars and legal practitioners discuss state protections of civil liberty, and ponder the contemporary implications of the state record. The cases examined cover topics ranging from religion in schools during the Federalist era to criminal justice in the late nineteenth century, from racial integration in Kansas before Brown v. Board of Education to legal battles over birth control in the Connecticut Supreme Court. The introduction presents the historical and contemporary significance of the topic and traces the evolution of the federal constitutional law establishing the parameters of state regulation of individual rights.
Category: Law

Toward A Usable Past

Author : New York State Historical Records Advisory Board
ISBN : NYPL:33433044496804
Genre : Archives
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Rediscovering Magical Realism In The Americas

Author : Shannin Schroeder
ISBN : 0275980499
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Explores magical realism as a common denominator in the literature of the Americas.
Category: Literary Criticism

Contemporary Appalachia

Author : Carl Ross
ISBN : UOM:39015017643068
Genre : Appalachian Region
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Drawing On America S Past

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ISBN : 0894682954
Genre : Decorative arts
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The approximately one thousand artists involved in the project created more than eighteen thousand meticulous watercolor portraits of America.".
Category: Decorative arts

Aaron Copland

Author : Howard Pollack
ISBN : 0252069005
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The first time in paperback, this is the best full-length biography of Aaron Copland, his life and his music.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Americanizing The Movies And Movie Mad Audiences 1910 1914

Author : Richard Abel
ISBN : 0520939522
Genre : Performing Arts
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This engaging, deeply researched study provides the richest and most nuanced picture we have to date of cinema—both movies and movie-going—in the early 1910s. At the same time, it makes clear the profound relationship between early cinema and the construction of a national identity in this important transitional period in the United States. Richard Abel looks closely at sensational melodramas, including westerns (cowboy, cowboy-girl, and Indian pictures), Civil War films (especially girl-spy films), detective films, and animal pictures—all popular genres of the day that have received little critical attention. He simultaneously analyzes film distribution and exhibition practices in order to reconstruct a context for understanding moviegoing at a time when American cities were coming to grips with new groups of immigrants and women working outside the home. Drawing from a wealth of research in archive prints, the trade press, fan magazines, newspaper advertising, reviews, and syndicated columns—the latter of which highlight the importance of the emerging star system—Abel sheds new light on the history of the film industry, on working-class and immigrant culture at the turn of the century, and on the process of imaging a national community.
Category: Performing Arts

Channeling The Past

Author : Erik Christiansen
ISBN : 9780299289034
Genre : History
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After the turmoil of the Great Depression and World War II, Americans looked to the nation’s more distant past for lessons to inform its uncertain future. By applying recent and emerging techniques in mass communication—including radio and television programs and commercial book clubs—American elites working in media, commerce, and government used history to confer authority on their respective messages. With insight and wit, Erik Christiansen uncovers in Channeling the Past the ways that powerful corporations rewrote history to strengthen the postwar corporate state, while progressives, communists, and other leftists vied to make their own versions of the past more popular. Christiansen looks closely at several notable initiatives—CBS’s flashback You Are There program; the Smithsonian Museum of American History, constructed in the late 1950s; the Cavalcade of America program sponsored by the Du Pont Company; the History Book Club; and the Freedom Train, a museum on rails that traveled the country from 1947 to 1949 exhibiting historic documents and flags, including original copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Magna Carta. It is often said that history is written by the victors, but Christiansen offers a more nuanced perspective: history is constantly remade to suit the objectives of those with the resources to do it. He provides dramatic evidence of sophisticated calculations that influenced both public opinion and historical memory, and shows that Americans’ relationships with the past changed as a result.
Category: History