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Modern Am. History Week 1

by: Annika Thomas

Modern Am. History Week 1 HIST 2060-3002

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These are the notes I took for the first week of Modern American history. If you have any questions let me know. This course is Modern American history 2060-3002 Week 8/24-8/26
Modern American History
Dr. Childers
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Annika Thomas on Saturday September 24, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HIST 2060-3002 at Bowling Green State University taught by Dr. Childers in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 7 views. For similar materials see Modern American History in History at Bowling Green State University.

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Date Created: 09/24/16
History 2060- Modern America Dr. Childers 8/24/16 Historiography- The making of narratives The term can be used regarding a broad or narrow subject that is in the process of being “constructed,” (interpreted) or “reconstructed” (contested). -If history is a constructed narrative, then who constructed it, how they did so, when, and why they chose to interpret it is an important part of the story Historian as “Interpreter of Fact” That Noble Dream, by peter Novick -“The objective historian’s role is that of a neutral, or disinterested judge;” >“The Empirical standard” -Assumes that there is a reasonable expectation of a valid history based upon “official” or agreed upon facts -“Evidence” for the historical record resides in official, accessible records (archives, government or institutional data) as well as traditional personal collections -The primacy of referential knowledge “New” History contends with prior “known” facts -Seeks alternative forms of “knowing” beyond traditional referential sources -Examines events and trends through a broader spectrum of voices and lenses (social, cultural) >Critical versus orthodox >Race, Class, and Gender >Emphasizes “common man” over “great man” history >Localized history What is a nation? -“What is A Nation” Ernst Renan, 1882 -Who decides what it is… where it begins… who belongs… who doesn’t -Is it constructed? How is it constructed? Why is it constructed? -Is it ancient? Is it permanent? -Think of it in terms of Census, Map, and Museum According to Benedict Anderson in his work Imagined communities 8/25/16 The Narrative and the Myth- >Ken Burns’ the Civil War (1990) >National reception >Shoes? MYTH >Ulysses S. Grant as Drunk -Burns’ First Day at Gettysburg (Selectivity of Narrative) Union Cavalry under Buford- Skirmish? -I Corps and XI Corps (the only union Corps who fight on first day) >Pvt. Ephraim S. Hutchinson, 82nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (Dec. 18, 1861-Jan. 2, 1865) -82nd starts battle with 246 men (began war with 968); at the end of July 1st, 92 are on Cemetery Hill


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