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Massachusetts boasts a rich network of museums, archives, historical societies, documentary filmmakers, and historic preservation agencies, as well as one of the top public research universities in the nation. Since 1986, the Public History Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has provided a vital link between the University and the Commonwealth's wide variety of institutions that preserve and communicate history to the public.

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Public History in Historical Perspective

Published by the University of Massachsuetts Press, the series Public History in Historical Perspective explores, from different critical perspectives, how representations of the past in the U. S. and elsewhere have been mobilized to serve a variety of political, cultural, and social ends. Books in the series offer analyses of interest not simply to public historians but also the wide community of scholars engaged in efforts to understand the role of history in public life. To locate these in the library, search under the series title in the Five College catalog.

Books in the Series (arranged by year of publication)
 

 "History Is Bunk": Assembling the Past at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village

Jessie Swigger

2014

The Spirit of 1976: Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration

Tammy S. Gordon

2013

Memories of Buenos Aires: Signs of State Terrorism in Argentina Memoria Abierta

Edited by Max Page, epilogue by Ilan Stavans, and translated by Karen Robert

2013

From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement

Andrea A. Burns

2013

Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War

edited by Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, and W. Fitzhugh Brundage

2013

A Living Exhibition: The Smithsonian and the Transformation of the Universal Museum

William S. Walker

2013

The Wages of History: Emotional Labor on Public History's Front Lines

Amy Tyson

2013

Alice Morse Earle and the Domestic History of Early America

Susan Reynolds Williams

2013

Remembering the Forgotten War: The Enduring Legacies of the U.S.-Mexican War

Michael Van Wagenen

2012

Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History

Denise D. Meringolo

2012

Born in the U.S.A.: Birth, Commemoration, and American Public Memory

edited by Seth C. Bruggeman

2012

Everybody's History: Indiana's Lincoln Inquiry and the Quest to Reclaim a President's Past

Keith A. Erekson

2012

Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England

Briann G. Greenfield

2009

 
Public History in Historical Perspective
This series explores, from different critical perspectives, how representations of the past in the U. S. and elsewhere have been mobilized to serve a variety of political, cultural, and social ends. Books in the series offer analyses of interest not simply to public historians but also the wide community of scholars engaged in efforts to understand the role of history in public life. - See more at: http://www.umass.edu/umpress/series/public-history-historical-perspective#sthash.UuRkDjtY.dpuf

This series explores, from different critical perspectives, how representations of the past in the U. S. and elsewhere have been mobilized to serve a variety of political, cultural, and social ends. Books in the series offer analyses of interest not simply to public historians but also the wide community of scholars engaged in efforts to understand the role of history in public life. - See more at: http://www.umass.edu/umpress/series/public-history-historical-perspective#sthash.UuRkDjtY.dpuf

This series explores, from different critical perspectives, how representations of the past in the U. S. and elsewhere have been mobilized to serve a variety of political, cultural, and social ends. Books in the series offer analyses of interest not simply to public historians but also the wide community of scholars engaged in efforts to understand the role of history in public life. - See more at: http://www.umass.edu/umpress/series/public-history-historical-perspective#sthash.UuRkDjtY.dpuf
This series explores, from different critical perspectives, how representations of the past in the U. S. and elsewhere have been mobilized to serve a variety of political, cultural, and social ends. Books in the series offer analyses of interest not simply to public historians but also the wide community of scholars engaged in efforts to understand the role of history in public life. - See more at: http://www.umass.edu/umpress/series/public-history-historical-perspective#sthash.UuRkDjtY.dpuf