Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2005.
Book — xxiv, 228 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Viola Florence Barnes was one of the most prominent women historians in the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s. Born in 1885, Barnes was educated at Yale University and began teaching at Mount Holyoke College in 1919. She was an instrumental member of the 'imperial school' of historians, who interpreted North American colonial history within a British imperial framework. Specializing in New England and Canada's Maritime provinces, her best-known book was The Dominion of New England, published in 1923. In this probing biography, John G. Reid examines Barnes's life as a female historian, providing a revealing glimpse into the gendered experience of professional academia in that era. Reid also examines the imperial school, which, although rapidly losing favour by the 1950s, had yielded results that were crucial to the study of North American colonial history. Viola Florence Barnes was cited as one of 100 'outstanding career women' in the United States in 1940. The later years of her life were marked by difficulty and disillusionment, as she tried in vain to have her last book published. Yet, despite retiring in 1952, Barnes remained an active scholar almost to the time of her death in 1979. This exhaustive work is the first biography of Barnes - a major figure in the study of North American history. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Book — 1 online resource (xi, 318 pages) Digital: data file.
1. Industrial Society and the Imperatives of Modern History
2. Advancing a Progressive New History
3. Native Americans and the Moral Compass of History
4. History, Class, and Culture between the World Wars
5. The Myth of Consensus History Epilogue Notes Index.
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Enthusiasts and critics both have looked to the political upheavals of the 1960s to explain transformations in historical study. But how new, in fact, are our contemporary approaches to the study and writing of American history? This question lies at the heart of this study of the past century of American historical writing. Through careful examination of hundreds of historical essays and books, Ellen Fitzpatrick has uncovered striking continuities in the writing of American history. The contributions of earlier scholars, some of them outside the mainstream of the historical profession, reveal that interest in the history of women, African Americans, Native Americans, and the working class has been long-standing. Whether in the Progressive era's attention to issues of class, or in the renewed concern with Native Americans in the 1930s and 1940s, Fitzpatrick demonstrates that over the past century historians have frequently grappled with issues that we think of today as innovative. This reinterpretation of a century of American historical writing challenges the notion that the politics of the recent past alone explains the politics of history. Fitzpatrick offers an historical perspective on heated debates, and reclaims the long line of historians who tilled the rich and diverse soil of our past. (source: Nielsen Book Data)