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In these visionary essays, Roy Rosenzweig charts the impact of new media on teaching, researching, preserving, presenting, and understanding history. Negotiating between the "cyberenthusiasts" who champion technological breakthroughs and the "digitalskeptics" who fear the end of traditional humanistic scholarship, Rosenzweig re-envisions academic historians' practices and professional rites while analyzing and advocating for amateur historians' achievements. While he addresses the perils of "doing history" online, Rosenzweig eloquently identifies the promises of digital work, detailing innovative strategies for powerful searches in primary and secondary sources, the increased opportunities for dialogue and debate, and, most of all, the unprecedented access afforded by the Internet. Rosenzweig draws attention to the opening up of the historical record to new voices, the availability of documents and narratives to new audiences, and the attractions of digital technologies for new and diverse practitioners. Though he celebrates digital history's democratizing influences, Rosenzweig also argues that we can only ensure the future of the past in this digital age by actively resisting the efforts of corporations to put up gates and profit from the Web.
Cohen and Rosenzweig take their experiences with a project at George Mason U. titled "Echo: Exploring and Collecting History Online; Science, Technology, and Industry" and build them into an introduction to the Web for historians who want to produce or improve an online exhibit. They walk readers (teachers, students, activists, curators, amateur enthusiasts) through the process of planning a project, understanding the technologies involved, and responding to an intended audience effectively. Discussion includes coverage of copyright law and fair use for scholars, and of evolving Web techniques that enable interactivity. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This exemplary social history is the first full-scale account of Central Park ever published. In rich detail, Elizabeth Blackmar and Roy Rosenzweig tell the story of Central Park's people--the merchants and landowners who launched the project; the immigrant and African-American residents who were displaced by the park; the politicians, gentlemen, and artists who disputed its design and operation; the German gardeners, Irish laborers, and Yankee engineers who built it; and the generations of New Yorkers for whom Central Park was their only backyard.
Who Built America explores fundamental conflicts in United States history by placing working peoples' struggle for social and economic justice at center stage. Unique among U.S. history survey textbooks for its clear point of view, Who Built America is a joint effort of Bedford/St. Martin's and the American Social History Project, based at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and renowned for its print, visual, and multimedia productions such as the "History Matters" website. With vivid prose, penetrating analysis, an acclaimed visual program, and rich documentary evidence, Who Built America gives students a thought-provoking book they'll want to read and instructors an irreplaceable anchor for their course.
The book explores fundamental conflicts in United States history by placing working peoples' struggle for social and economic justice at center stage. With vivid prose, penetrating analysis, an acclaimed visual program, and rich documentary evidence, Who Built America? gives students a thought-provoking book they'll want to read and instructors an irreplaceable anchor for their course.