Interpretations Of American History, A Collaborative Team Of Four Editors

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In Interpretations of American History, a collaborative team of four editors (Francis G. Couvares, Martha Saxton, Gerald N. Grob, and George Athan Billias) seek to educate any student of history on the various perspectives on any one said historical issue. The editors sum up the entire book with “These volumes reflect our understanding that history is an act of interpretation. ” Essentially, this book offers a multitude of benefits for those who wish to further study history, but at the same time the reader must take everything said with a grain of salt. Interpretations of American History is made up of two or more scholarly opinions on every American historical event from the Puritans to the Reconstruction Era. At the beginning of each…show more content…
Another pro to this book is its ability to save time and effort. The editors have condensed their opinions and the opinions of the brightest historical minds into one book. Rather than search the internet for an assortment of interpretations on a given historical event, the reader can flip to the desired event in the text. Because of this, the student can rest assured that the content has been properly evaluated, found relevant, and is, therefore, worth the time to read. Such a time-saving benefit must not be overlooked. Also, the variety of viewpoints presented in this book help to expand the reader’s knowledge. The editors provide a well-rounded collection of additional works that show the reader some of the major theories on a historical event. Basically, a reader is able to see historical issues through the eyes of professional historians. Interpretations of American History does not merely state the facts, it allows the reader to decide where they stand on the historical event in question. This can lead to a deeper, more profound study of history. However, the reader must keep in mind that this book is fact-based opinion. The editors and consulted historians are adding their thoughts to the known facts. Although such speculation can open the door to broader thinking, it can also trip up those who take the opinion as fact. If misinterpreted, this book might muddy the waters of the reader’s mind. Still, the book in no way attempts to hide its
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