Enthusiasts and critics both have looked to the political upheavals of the 1960s to explain recent 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 historys memory ellen fitzpatricks sweeping study of the past century of american historical writing. Start by marking historys memory writing americas past 1880 1980 as want to read historys memory writing americas past 1880 1980 by ellen fitzpatrick 328 rating details she has been interviewed as an expert on modern american political history by the new york times the wall street journal . Historys memory writing americas past 1880 1980 by ellen fitzpatrick cambridge massachusetts harvard university press 2002 xi plus 318 pp 3995 since the early 1990s a great wave of books and articles on the nature of memory in human relations has swept through history anthropology and other social science fields. According to fitzpatrick our cartoon version of consensus history is to blame conjured up in 1959 by john higham to warn against replacing americas real diversity and intense conflict with a placid unexciting past p 189 the notion of consensus history quickly morphed into a monster
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