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Recycling the Past

Recycling the Past

Popular Uses of American History

Edited by Leila Zenderland

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

152 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780812210958
  • Published: March 1978



This is a book that explores in detail the use that Americans have made of their history for commercial, cultural, and ideological purposes. It focuses on popular adaptations of historical incidents and artifacts to reveal how successive generations of Americans have been able to adapt their heritage to address the needs of their contemporaries. Further, it indicates how the past has helped to shape the attitudes of later generations toward their own society.