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New History in an Old Museum : Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg

New History in an Old Museum : Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822319740

ISBN13: 978-0822319740
ISBN10: 0822319748
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Duke University Press
Published: 1997
International: No

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New History in an Old Museum : Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0822319740

Richard Handler and Eric Gable

ISBN13: 978-0822319740
ISBN10: 0822319748
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Duke University Press

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

The New History in an Old Museum is an exploration of "historical truth" as presented at Colonial Williamsburg. More than a detailed history of a museum and tourist attraction, it examines the packaging of American history, and consumerism and the manufacturing of cultural beliefs. Through extensive fieldwork--including numerous site visits, interviews with employees and visitors, and archival research--Richard Handler and Eric Gable illustrate how corporate sensibility blends with pedagogical principle in Colonial Williamsburg to blur the lines between education and entertainment, patriotism and revisionism.

Author Bio

Handler, Richard : University of Virginia

Richard Handler is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.

Gable, Eric : Mary Washington College

Eric Gable is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Mary Washington College.



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