Erik Christiansen's Channeling the Past: Politicizing History in Postwar America PDF

By Erik Christiansen

After the turmoil of the good melancholy and global conflict II, americans appeared to the nation’s extra far away prior for classes to notify its doubtful destiny. by way of making use of fresh and rising innovations in mass communication—including radio and tv courses and advertisement e-book clubs—American elites operating in media, trade, and govt used heritage to confer authority on their respective messages.

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

    It is usually stated that historical past is written via the victors, yet Christiansen bargains a extra nuanced point of view: background is continually remade to fit the ambitions of these with the assets to do it. He presents dramatic facts of refined calculations that prompted either public opinion and old reminiscence, and indicates that americans’ relationships with the previous replaced as a result.

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