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After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, Volume 1
Volume 1 of a 2-volume work that uses 15 dramatic episodes in American history to show students how historians go about the business of interpreting the past. It discusses historical methods within the context of an historical narrative so that students may learn about American history at the same time as seeing how historians use a variety of evidence (diaries, letters, p ...more
Paperback, 3rd Edition
Published January 1st 1992 by McGraw-Hill Companies
(first published 1981)
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This book was purchased as a text book for Historical Methodologies, but the book itself was very interesting and helped to change the way I view history and everyday current affairs. The case studies were interesting to read as well.
so fun to read! this book uses chapters to illustrate how historical investigation -- uncovering the 'truth' of what happened in the past -- is equivalent to the seemingly more glamorous detective work used to solve mysteries in movies, tv, and real life. so engagingly written, this book catapults students from feeling sort of blah, removed, and vaguely interested in the study of history, to being on the edge of their seats with interest, critically thinking, and most of all, vividly imagining w ...more
James West Davidson is a historian, writer, and wilderness paddler. He received his Ph.D. in American history from Yale University and writes full time. He is also co-editor, with Michael Stoff, of New Narratives in American History, a series published by Oxford University Press, as well as the coauthor of textbooks in American history. These include "Experience History," "After the Fact: The Art ...moreMore about James West Davidson...