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From Ken Burns's documentaries to historical dramas such as Roots, from A&E's Biography series to CNN, television has become the primary source for historical information for tens of millions of Americans today. Why has television become such a respected authority? What falsehoods enter our collective memory as truths? How is one to know what is real and what is imagined -- or ignored -- by producers, directors, or writers?

Gary Edgerton and Peter Rollins have collected a group of essays that answer these and many other questions. The contributors examine the full spectrum of historical genres, but also institutions such as the History Channel and production histories of such series as The Jack Benny Show, which ran for fifteen years. The authors explore the tensions between popular history and professional history, and the tendency of some academics to declare the past "off limits" to nonscholars. Several of them point to the tendency for television histories to embed current concerns and priorities within the past, as in such popular shows as Quantum Leap and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. The result is an insightful portrayal of the power television possesses to influence our culture.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: Television as Historian: A Different Kind of History Altogether
  2. Gary R. Edgerton
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Prime-Time Entertainment Programming as Historian
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. History TV and Popular Memory
  2. Steve Anderson
  3. pp. 19-36
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  1. 2. Masculinity and Femininity in Television's Historical Fictions:Young Indiana Jones Chronicl
  2. Mimi White
  3. pp. 37-58
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  1. 3. Quantum Leap: The Postmodern Challenge of Television as History
  2. Robert Hanke
  3. pp. 59-78
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  1. 4. Profiles in Courage: Televisual History on the New Frontier
  2. Daniel Marcus
  3. pp. 79-100
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  1. Part II: The Television Documentary as Historian
  2. pp. 101-102
  1. 5. Victory at Sea: Cold War Epic
  2. Peter C. Rollins
  3. pp. 103-122
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  1. 6. Breaking the Mirror: Dutch Television and the History of the Second World War
  2. Chris Vos
  3. pp. 123-142
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  1. 7. Contested Public Memories: Hawaiian History as Hawaiian or American Experience
  2. Carolyn Anderson
  3. pp. 143-168
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  1. 8. Mediating Thomas Jefferson: Ken Burns as Popular Historian
  2. Gary R. Edgerton
  3. pp. 169-190
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  1. Part III: TV News and Public Affairs Programming as Historian
  2. pp. 191-192
  1. 9. Pixies: Homosexuality, Anti-Communism, and the Army-McCarthy Hearings
  2. Thomas Doherty
  3. pp. 193-206
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  1. 10. Images of History in Israel Television News: The Territorial Dimension of Collective Memories, 1987-1990
  2. Netta Ha-Ilan
  3. pp. 207-229
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  1. 11. Memories of 1945 and 1963: American Television Coverage of the End of the Berlin Wall, November 9,1989
  2. David Culbert
  3. pp. 230-243
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  1. 12. Television: The First Flawed Rough Drafts of History
  2. Philip M. Taylor
  3. pp. 244-356
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  1. Selected Bibliography: Additional Sources for Researching Televisionas Historian
  2. pp. 357-365
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 366-369
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  1. Television and Film Index
  2. pp. 370-375
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 376-384
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813158297
Related ISBN
9780813121901
MARC Record
OCLC
65184230
Pages
392
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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