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History Wars

January 2013
Volume 27, No. 1


Beyond History Wars,
by Keith A. Erekson
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Using the Past to “Save” Our Nation: The Debate over Christian America,
by John Fea
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The Lost Cause and the Meaning of History,
by Grace Elizabeth Hale
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Analogies at War: Iraq and Vietnam,
by T. Christopher Jespersen
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Memorializing fdr,
by Kim E. Nielsen
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Editor's Choice

Public History Wars, the “One Nation/One People” Consensus, and the Continuing Search for a Usable Past,
by Roger D. Launius

Editor's Choice

Seeing through the Culture Warfare to Teach Students about Historical Change,
by Keith A. Erekson


Teaching Under the New Texas Standards,
by Beth Hudson and Storm Vance
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on the cover

White public school students and members of Confederate patriotic societies gather around an equestrian statue of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson at the dedication of Jackson Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, on October 19, 1921. City officials had recently demolished a black neighborhood to make room for the park. The monument in Jackson Park tangibly demonstrates how fantasies of the Lost Cause and the Old South were used to justify racial oppression in the early twentieth century. And, more generally, the Jackson Park monument is emblematic of the way memories of the past shape the reality of the present. (“Unveiling of Stonewall Jackson Monument, 1921. Charlottesville, Virginia,” Prints Collection, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia)