"A deeply informed, balanced, and compelling book." --Los Angeles Times
In History on Trial, authors Gary B. Nash, Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. Dunn examine the controversy and criticism over how our nation's history should be taught, culminating in the debate about National History Standards. The book chronicles a media war spearheaded by conservatives from National Endowment for the Humanities veteran Lynne Cheney to Rush Limbaugh, posing questions with regard to history as it relates to national identity. What, the authors ask, is our objective in teaching history to children? Is the role of schools, textbooks, and museums to instill patriotism? Do we revise and reinterpret the past to tell stories that reflect present-day values? If so, who should articulate these values? Wonderfully clear, timely in its intentions, History on Trial provides a thoughtful account of the ways in which Americans have, since the beginning of the Republic, perceived and argued about our past.
About Gary Nash
Gary B. Nash is professor of history emeritus and director of the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
"Brightly written and solidly researched...a model of good scholarship."--The Christian Science Monitor
"A stunning book...compelling drama quickly and unexpectedly takes over." --St. Louis Post- Dispatch
"Fascinating...eloquent...a service to the nation's history teachers."--The Nation
History on Trial by Gary Nash, Charlotte Crabtree, and Ross E. Dunn