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Public History at UMass Amherst

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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Memory

Blight, David W. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2002.

Bodnar, John. Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration, and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.

De Groot, Jerome. Consuming History: Historians and Heritage in Contemporary Popular Culture. London: Routledge, 2008.

Doss, Erika. Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America. Reprinted. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010.

Horwitz, Tony. Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. New York: Vintage, 1999.

Landsberg, Alison. Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2004.

Lowenthal, David. The Past Is a Foreign Country. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

McDonnell, Michael. Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.

Rosenzweig, Roy, and David Thelen. The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life. New York: Columbia University Press, 2000.

White, Richard. Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003.