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The late C. Vann Woodward was one of America's most prominent historians. His books have won every major history award--including the Pulitzer, Bancroft, and Parkman Prizes--and he has served as president of both the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. The Future of the Past collects two decades worth of Woodward's most significant essays, addresses, and major book reviews, including two important presidential addresses--"The Future of the Past" and "Clio with Soul" (his trenchant assessment of Afro-American history)--as well as essays on changing historical concerns of the past decades, the value of comparative history, the South in Reconstruction times and the South today, and the use of fiction in history (and history in fiction). Woodward has written illuminating introductory comments on each section and offers an incisive general introduction about history and the direction the profession is taking today. Whether reviewing William Safire's novel Freedom or evaluating Henry Adam's portrait of Jefferson, Woodward's essays reflect a lifetime of thought on history and historical writing, and are essential reading for anyone concerned with either.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 133.9 x 204.5 x 30mm | 462.67g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019506903X
  • 9780195069037

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`These essays confirm the skill and good judgement of this subtle and profound scholar, who has never grown doctrinaire, even in defense of his own positions...In Woodward's hands, history remains an exciting venture.' Library Journal `No student of American history can read it without profit, and it is hard to think of anyone who can read it without pleasure.'
Journal of American Studies
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About C. Vann Woodward

Author of many historical works including Reunion and Reaction and The Strange Career of Jim Crow
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