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The Resource Channeling the past : politicizing history in postwar America, Erik Christiansen

Channeling the past : politicizing history in postwar America, Erik Christiansen

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Channeling the past : politicizing history in postwar America
Title
Channeling the past
Title remainder
politicizing history in postwar America
Statement of responsibility
Erik Christiansen
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--Publisher's description
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Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1974-
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Christiansen, Erik
Dewey number
302.2309
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E175
LC item number
.C49 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Studies in American thought and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Public history
  • History in popular culture
  • Mass media and history
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • History in popular culture
  • Mass media and history
  • United States
Label
Channeling the past : politicizing history in postwar America, Erik Christiansen
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
History's past presence -- The history book club offers the past as an "image of ourselves" -- mythologizing history on Du Pont's Cavalcade of America -- History, news, and you are there -- The freedom train's narrow-gauge iconography -- Building a "national shrine" at the National Museum of American History -- Once and future truths
Control code
827842007
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780299289034
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
c9b0266e-09ff-4e3d-aea8-f5320cbd9d18
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)827842007
Label
Channeling the past : politicizing history in postwar America, Erik Christiansen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
History's past presence -- The history book club offers the past as an "image of ourselves" -- mythologizing history on Du Pont's Cavalcade of America -- History, news, and you are there -- The freedom train's narrow-gauge iconography -- Building a "national shrine" at the National Museum of American History -- Once and future truths
Control code
827842007
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780299289034
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
c9b0266e-09ff-4e3d-aea8-f5320cbd9d18
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)827842007

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