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The Resource Miseducating Americans : distortions of historical understanding, Richard F. Hamilton

Miseducating Americans : distortions of historical understanding, Richard F. Hamilton

Label
Miseducating Americans : distortions of historical understanding
Title
Miseducating Americans
Title remainder
distortions of historical understanding
Statement of responsibility
Richard F. Hamilton
Title variation
Mis-educating Americans
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Miseducating Americans, Richard F. Hamilton examines accounts of American history appearing in textbooks and popular accounts and compares these with the reports contained in scholarly monographs. The task: to determine how certain myths and misconstructions became accepted as recorded history. Hamilton provides much needed correction of those misleading accounts. Was America historically the 'land of the free?' Not if you take into account slavery, discrimination, and post-Civil War segregation policies. Was America in the late nineteenth century truly expansionist, as American textbooks imply, or did it actually capitalize on unexpected political and economic opportunities, like Russia's desire to rid itself of Alaska? Was the acquisition of the Philippines a zealous profit-seeking effort aiming for 'the China market, ' or the fortuitous consequences of a move against Spain during the Spanish-American War? Miseducating Americans debunks many commonly accepted explanations of historical facts. It contends that many accounts are oversimplifications, and some are one-sided depictions of virtue. Hamilton traces the sources of these misconstructions, which mostly come from history textbooks written by authors aiming for 'popular audiences.' He then offers explanations as to how and why the inaccuracies have been repeated and passed on"--Publisher's website
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hamilton, Richard F
Dewey number
973
Index
index present
LC call number
E179
LC item number
.H217 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Miseducating Americans : distortions of historical understanding, Richard F. Hamilton
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The major themes -- Land of the free, 1776-1865 -- Land of the free, 1866 and after -- Benjamin Harrison's presidency -- Hanna, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Carnegie -- America's empire, 1898 and after -- On war and the military -- On those past events, the twentieth century, and likely futures
Control code
ocn881720280
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiv, 274 pages
Isbn
9781412855013
Lccn
2014010393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)881720280
Label
Miseducating Americans : distortions of historical understanding, Richard F. Hamilton
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The major themes -- Land of the free, 1776-1865 -- Land of the free, 1866 and after -- Benjamin Harrison's presidency -- Hanna, McKinley, Roosevelt, and Carnegie -- America's empire, 1898 and after -- On war and the military -- On those past events, the twentieth century, and likely futures
Control code
ocn881720280
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiv, 274 pages
Isbn
9781412855013
Lccn
2014010393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)881720280

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