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After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection, Volume 1

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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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Aug 04, 2009 2bnallegory rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, history
Very enlightening and opens possibilities to what more can be found then bald facts in textbooks
Marisa Capellan-Battle
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.
Sep 28, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it
As a casual reader of history, I very much enjoyed the view of how historians work. The examples were very easy to follow,and covered interesting topics.
Feb 05, 2009 Walt rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-other
Supposedly a primer for historical research. Most it should come naturally from college history classes.
Oct 11, 2011 April added it
Excellent for anyone interested in the practice of studying history!
Chole Allyson
Jul 20, 2008 Chole Allyson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not much help with the class I was using the book for. Better luck next time.
May 31, 2014 Virag rated it it was ok
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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 ...more
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