How do you even begin to study U.S. history today?
Historians now present a fractured view of American society. If any guiding national narrative remains, it is a tale of exploitation and oppression.
But the acclaimed historian Wilfred M. McClay is here to correct these problems. This slim guide shows you how to study the history of our country . . . and why.
If you have ever found studying American history tedious or irrelevant, you won’t after reading McClay’s short and compulsively readable introduction.
And if you have ever wondered how to challenge narratives of American oppression without whitewashing the past, this is the perfect place to start.
About the author
Wilfred M. McClay is the G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. His book Land of Hope, a one-volume history of America, has drawn widespread acclaim; the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger calls it “the most balanced, nuanced history of the United States I have read in the past fifty years.” McClay is also the author of The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America, which the Organization of American Historians honored as that year’s best book in American intellectual history.