Books: Non-Fiction

History in the Making: An Absorbing Look at How American History Has Changed in the Telling over the Last 200 Years

Book — Non-fiction. By Kyle Ward. 2007. 374 pages.
From the widely acclaimed co-author of History Lessons comes an examination of ways in which Americans tell the history their country has changed over time.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Education

historyinthemakingIn this “thought-provoking study” (Library Journal), historian Kyle Ward—the co-author of History Lessons—gives us another look at the biases inherent in the way we learn about our history. Juxtaposing passages from U.S. history textbooks from different eras, History in the Making provides us with intriguing new perspectives on familiar historical events and the ways in which they have been represented over time.

“Interesting and useful,” according to Booklist, the book “convincingly illustrates how texts change as social and political attitudes evolve.”

With excerpts that span two hundred years, from Columbus’s arrival to the Boston Massacre, from women’s suffrage to Japanese internment, History in the Making exposes the stark contrasts between the lessons different generations have been taught about our past. “A good starting point for anyone interested in history and subjectivity” (Kirkus), this immensely readable book is proof positive that your history is not your grandparent’s history and won’t be your children’s history. [Publisher’s description.]

“To understand history we have to examine how history is written. Students, teachers, and general readers will learn more about the past from these passages than from any single work, however current, that purports to monopolize the truth.” —Ray Raphael, author of Founding Myths

Kyle Ward is an associate professor at Vincennes University. A professor of history and political science, he has taught at both the high school and university level. He is the co-author (with Dana Lindaman) of History Lessons and the author of In the Shadow of Glory. He lives in Terre Haute, Indiana.

ISBN: 9781595582157 | The New Press