2011 Reading List

Readings for the Teaching American History Summer Institute, June 20-24, 2011

Dear Participants,

You have already been assigned the book, By the Bomb’s Early Light:American Thought and Culture at the Dawn of the Atomic Age by Paul Boyer. Please do not regard the selections that follow as comprehensive for this summer’s topic of “American Wars in Historical Memory.” Rather, these additional readings provide a skeletal framework within which our lectures and discussions will take place. Although our specialists may not refer directly to any one or more of the documents, these readings reflect postures, principles, and policies prevalent in the United States over nearly the last century of the American experience.

Additional Reading List


  • Stephen G. Hyslop, “How the West was Spun—Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Shows,” American History (August 2008) and see also the link to his “The Original Reality Show—Buffalo Bill’s Extravagances” referenced at the conclusion of his short piece; find both at  http://www.historynet.com/how-the-west-was-spun-buffalo-bill-codys-wild-west-show.htm
  • Anne C. Rose, “From War Narratives to Autobiography.” in her Victorian America and the Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 1992), pgs. 245-255 [ DOWNLOAD AS PDF ]


  • Edward L. Ayers, “Worrying About the Civil War,” in Moral Problems in American Life, Karen Halttunen and Lewis Perry, eds. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998), 145-66.  [DOWNLOAD AS PDF]
  • Erika Doss, “Introduction” and “Fear: Terrorism Memorials and Security Narratives,” in Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), 1-15; 117-85.  [DOWNLOAD AS PDF]


  • Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory (Oxford University Press, 2000, read selectively the sections that interest you. [DOWNLOAD AS PDF]


  • “The United States in Asia:  Historical Lessons of Wars in Korea and Vietnam” Selections from American Foreign Relations Since 1898: A Documentary Reader DOWNLOAD AS PDF


  • David Ryan, “Vietnam in the American Mind:  Narratives of the Nation and the Sources of Collective Memory,” in Cultural Memory and Multiple Identities, eds. Rüdiger Kunow, Wilfried Raussert (2008).  DOWNLOAD AS PDF


  • David W. Blight, Race & Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory, pp. 381-97.  DOWNLOAD AS PDF
  • Gloria Emerson, Winners & Losers; Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War, pp. 137-89.   DOWNLOAD AS PDF
  • Peter C. Rollins, “Victory at Sea: Cold War Epic,” in Television Histories, eds. Gary R. Edgerton and Peter C. Rollins, pp. 103-122  DOWNLOAD AS PDF



  • Rudolf Arnheim, “A Forecast of Television,” in Film as Art, (University of California Press, 1975), pp. 188-198 DOWNLOAD AS PDF



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