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Chan­ nel­ ing the Past E s tud­ ies in a mer ic a n thought E­ a n d c u l­ tu r e Se­ ries Ed­ i­ tor Paul S. Boyer E Ad­ vi­ sory Board­ Charles M. Cap­ per Mary Ku­ piec Cay­ ton Liz­ ab­ eth Cohen Nan En­ stad James B. Gil­ bert Karen Halt­ tu­ nen Mi­ chael Kam­ men James T. Klop­ pen­ berg Col­ leen McDan­ nell Joan S. Rubin P. Ster­ ling ­ Stuckey Rob­ ert B. West­ brook Chan­ nel­ ing the Past Po­ lit­ i­ ciz­ ing His­ tory in Post­ war Amer­ ica Erik Chris­ tian­ sen t h e u n i ­ v e r ­ s i t y o f w i s ­ c o n ­ s i n p r e s s Pub­ li­ ca­ tion of this vol­ ume has been made pos­ sible, in part, through sup­ port from Rhode Is­ land Col­ lege. The Uni­ ver­ sity of Wis­ con­ sin Press 1930 Mon­ roe ­ Street, 3rd Floor Mad­ i­ son, Wis­ con­ sin 53711-2059 uw­ 3 Hen­ rietta ­ Street Lon­ don WC2E 8LU, En­ gland eu­ ros­ pan­ book­ Copy­ right © 2013 The Board of Re­ gents of the Uni­ ver­ sity of Wis­ con­ sin ­ System All ­ rights re­ served. No part of this pub­ li­ ca­ tion may be re­ pro­ duced, ­ stored in a re­ trieval ­ system, or trans­ mit­ ted, in any for­ mat or by any means, dig­ i­ tal, elec­ tronic, me­ chan­ i­ cal, photo­ cop­ y­ ing, re­ cord­ ing, or oth­ er­ wise, or con­ veyed via the Inter­ net or a web­ site with­ out writ­ ten per­ mis­ sion of the Uni­ ver­ sity of Wis­ con­ sin Press, ex­ cept in the case of brief quo­ ta­ tions em­ bed­ ded in crit­ i­ cal ar­ ti­ cles and re­ views.­ Printed in the ­ United ­ States of Amer­ ica Li­ brary of Con­ gress ­ Cataloging-in-Publication Data Chris­ tian­ sen, Erik, 1974– Chan­ nel­ ing the past: po­ lit­ i­ ciz­ ing his­ tory in post­ war Amer­ ica / Erik Chris­ tian­ sen. p.    cm.—(Stud­ ies in ­ American ­ thought and cul­ ture) In­ cludes bib­ lio­ graph­ i­ cal ref­ er­ ences and index. ISBN 978-0-299-28904-1 (pbk.: alk. paper) ISBN 978-0-299-28903-4 (e-book) 1. Pub­ lic his­ tory—Po­ lit­ i­ cal as­ pects—­ United ­ States—His­ tory—20th cen­ tury. 2. His­ tory in pop­ u­ lar cul­ ture—­ United ­ States. 3. Mass media and his­ tory—­ United ­ States. I. Title.   II. Se­ ries: Stud­ ies in ­ American ­ thought and cul­ ture. E175.C49    2013 302.2309—dc23 2012011999 To my teach­ ers, es­ pe­ cially my par­ ents The ­ American Clio has been ­ placed in the role of a sa­ cred or­ a­ cle from whom the mean­ ing of ­ events and the path­ way of the fu­ ture are pe­ ri­ od­ i­ cally ­ sought. The an­ swers the or­ a­ cle has given have been in the form of re­ inter­ pre­ ta­ tions of ­ American his­ tory. And the inter­ pret­ ers of the Or­ a­ cle have not al­ ways be­ longed to ­ Clio’s or­ dained priest­ hood of his­ to­ rians. C. Vann Wood­ ward, ­ American At­ ti­ tudes to­ ward His­ tory ...


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