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Recovering the Past

A Historian's Memoir

By Forrest McDonald

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Format: Hardback, 198 pages
Other Information: 20 photographs
Published In: United States, 31 May 2004
Forrest McDonald is a legend in his own time. The NEH's sixteenth Jefferson Lecturer he is one of our most eminent historians and the author of numerous provocative works on the early American republic, the Constitution, and the American presidency. Renowned for his sly wit and iconoclasm, he is also a conservative in a mostly liberal profession, a man who believes that his discipline has been subverted by those who serve public policy agendas. He now candidly recounts and reconsiders his own career, mixing in equal measure autobiography with a sharp critique of the historical craft. Beginning in 1949, McDonald has traversed a sometimes rocky academic road from Brown University to Wayne State and finally the University of Alabama. He rose to prominence by arguing against the popular histories of Prederick Jackson Turner and Charles Beard, and his rebuttal of the latter was published as his seminal book We the People. Recovering the Past carries forward this critical tradition with McDonald's pointed comments on fellow historians from Kenneth Stampp to William Appleton Williams, and his admiration for Oscar Handlin's book Truth in History

About the Author

Forrest McDonald is Distinguished University Research Professor emeritus at the University of Alabama. His previous books include Novus Ordo Seclorum; The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution; The American Presidency: An Intellectual History (see page 34); and States' Rights and the Union: Imperium in Imperio, 1776-1876

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"A delightful and informative account that captures the sense of intellectual adventure that drew McDonald to the life of a historian, as well as his thoughtful reactions to the controversies that have plagued the profession in recent years." �This book is as engaging as it is provocative. McDonald's autobiographical one-man tour through the major battles of twentieth-century American historiography is hard to put down.�--Pauline Maier, author of American Scripture �When a first-rate historian reflects on his life and work with candor and wisdom, other historians will want to read it. But McDonald has written a book that anyone who cares about education, or is just in the mood for a witty romp through the vicissitudes of academia, will enjoy and profit from.�--Eugene D. Genovese, author of The Southern Tradition �A delightful and informative account that captures the sense of intellectual adventure that drew McDonald to the life of a historian, as well as his thoughtful reactions to the controversies that have plagued the profession in recent years.�--Diane Ravitch, author of The Language Police -This book is as engaging as it is provocative. McDonald's autobiographical one-man tour through the major battles of twentieth-century American historiography is hard to put down.---Pauline Maier, author of American Scripture -When a first-rate historian reflects on his life and work with candor and wisdom, other historians will want to read it. But McDonald has written a book that anyone who cares about education, or is just in the mood for a witty romp through the vicissitudes of academia, will enjoy and profit from.---Eugene D. Genovese, author of The Southern Tradition -A delightful and informative account that captures the sense of intellectual adventure that drew McDonald to the life of a historian, as well as his thoughtful reactions to the controversies that have plagued the profession in recent years.---Diane Ravitch, author of The Language Police "This book is as engaging as it is provocative. McDonald's autobiographical one-man tour through the major battles of twentieth-century American historiography is hard to put down."--Pauline Maier, author of American Scripture "When a first-rate historian reflects on his life and work with candor and wisdom, other historians will want to read it. But McDonald has written a book that anyone who cares about education, or is just in the mood for a witty romp through the vicissitudes of academia, will enjoy and profit from."--Eugene D. Genovese, author of The Southern Tradition "A delightful and informative account that captures the sense of intellectual adventure that drew McDonald to the life of a historian, as well as his thoughtful reactions to the controversies that have plagued the profession in recent years."--Diane Ravitch, author of The Language Police

EAN: 9780700613298
ISBN: 0700613293
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Dimensions: 22.2 x 15.34 x 2.08 centimetres (0.40 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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