Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 June 1993

384 Pages | 26 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195082975

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The Unpredictable Past

Explorations in American Cultural History

Lawrence W. Levine

In this brilliant new collection of essays, Lawrence W. Levine, one of our most original American historians, offers an incisive response to the controversy which rages in the academy today--the debate over which past events, peoples, and cultures are significant enough to deserve our attention. With eloquent discussions of American history and historiography at large, African-American culture, and, perhaps most fascinating, the times of the Great Depression during which film, radio, photography, and even the comic strip emerged as significant manifestations of a changing American popular culture, Levine demonstrates how history, from generation to generation, is viewed through the prism of an ever-changing present. The immediacy of each essay is enhanced by brief introductions that place each one not only in the context of Levine's career, but in that of American history as a whole. Offering fresh insights not only into the past, but into the present and the future as well, The Unpredictable Past is a remarkably wide-ranging lens for viewing the richly textured history of America.


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