Who Owns History?: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (Paperback)
"Who Owns History? testifies to Eric Foner's lifelong personal commitment to writing histories that advance the struggle for racial equality and economic justice." —David Glassberg, The Sunday Star-Ledger
History has become a matter of public controversy, as Americans clash over such things as museum presentations, the flying of the Confederate flag, and reparations for slavery. So whose history is being written? Who owns it?
Eric Foner answers these and other questions about the historian's relationship to the world of the past and future in this provocative, even controversial, study of the reasons we care about history—or should.
About the Author
Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He is the author of many highly acclaimed works in American history, notably The Story of American Freedom and Reconstruction. In 2011, he won the Pulitzer Prize for History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize for The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. He lives in New York City.
“A writer and scholar with the rare ability to present complex ideas in a clear and engaging manner.” —Steven J. Ross, Los Angeles Times
“Introduces readers to one of the country's finest historians.” —Joyce Appleby, UCLA
“A thoughtful collection of essays.” —Rob Mitchell, "Pages to the People," WBNW-AM and WPLM-AM
“Eric Foner's a teacher, and he's done what the best teachers do: create lessons so interesting that students want to learn. More than anything else, that's the power of Who Owns History?” —Laurie Edwards, CultureDose.com