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Who Owns History?

Rethinking the Past in a Changing World

Eric Foner

Hill and Wang

Who Owns History? testifies to Eric Foner’s lifelong personal commitment to writing histories that advance the struggle for racial equality and economic justice.” —David Glassberg, The Sunday Star-Ledger

History has become a matter of public controversy, as Americans clash over such things as museum presentations, the flying of the Confederate flag, and reparations for slavery. So whose history is being written? Who owns it?

Eric Foner answers these and other questions about the historian’s relationship to the world of the past and future in this provocative, even controversial, study of the reasons we care about history—or should.

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Who Owns History?
PART ITHE POLITICS OF HISTORY AND HISTORIANS 
 
ONEMY LIFE AS A HISTORIAN 
 
In 1996, the department of history at Fordham University invited a group of American historians whose work had focused on the history of race in the United States to speak about the influences that had shaped our choices of career and subject matter. 
 
Historians, by and large, are not noted for introspection. Our calling requires us to analyze past events, but we rarely turn our interpretive talents upon ourselves. I welcome the opportunity to reflect
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“A writer and scholar with the rare ability to present complex ideas in a clear and engaging manner.” —Steven J. Ross, Los Angeles Times

“Introduces readers to one of the country’s finest historians.” —Joyce Appleby, UCLA

“A thoughtful collection of essays.” —Rob Mitchell, “Pages to the People,” WBNW-AM and WPLM-AM

“Eric Foner’s a teacher, and he’s done what the best teachers do: create lessons so interesting that students want to learn. More than anything else, that’s the power of Who Owns History?” —Laurie Edwards, CultureDose.com

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  • Eric Foner

  • Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of many highly acclaimed works in American history, notably The Story of American Freedom and Reconstruction. He lives in New York City.
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