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Past Imperfect by Peter Charles Hoffer
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Mar 23, 09

it was amazing

Historian, Peter Charles Hoffer, traces the history of American history from the beginning of the republic to modern times. From the onset, historians painted a somewhat one-sided picture of the founding of America from relations with existing inhabitants (native Americans) to the treatment of blacks before and after the Civil War. Texts written by Francis Parkman, later by Henry Steele Commager and even popular American history books by the revered, Daniel Boorstin have been less than objective, all of whom were classified by the author as consensus history. In recent years, such popular historians as Stephen Ambrose, Joseph Ellis and Doris Kearns Goodwin were given the proverbial “black eye” and in some cases were sanctioned because of missteps they had made as serious as fraud and plagiarism. The author takes a critical look at the writing of American history over time from the perspective of truth versus fiction.

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