Distinguished historian Joyce Appleby has been at the forefront of many of the recent debates about historians and the public's history. In this engaging work, she brings together her most important reflections on the historian's craft and its importance. A Restless Past carefully examines the ways in which the dynamic events of the second half of the twentieth century have significantly altered the way historians approach the past and highlights the incredible power they hold in shaping a national identity.
Joyce Appleby is emerita professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently the co-director of the History News Service, and is past president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
Introduction Chapter 1: Without Resolution: The Jeffersonian Tension in American Nationalism Chapter 2: A Different Kind of Independence: The Postwar Restructuring of the Historical Study of Early America Chapter 3: The American Heritage: The Heirs and the Disinherited Chapter 4: Recovering America's Historic Diversity: Beyond Exceptionalism Chapter 5: The Enlightenment Project in a Postmodernist Age Chapter 6: One Good Turn Deserves Another: Moving beyond the Linguistic: A Response to David Harlan Chapter 7: The Power of History Chapter 8: Presidents, Congress, and Courts: Partisan Passions in Motion Chapter 9: The Vexed Story of Capitalism Told by American Historians