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Rosenzweig, Roy. "How Americans Use and Think about the Past: Implications from a National Survey for the Teaching of History." In Knowing, Teaching, and Learning History: National and International Perspectives, edited by Peter N. Stearns, Peter Seixas and Sam Wineburg, 262-83. New York: New York University Press, 2000.


In this chapter Roy Rosenzweig discusses some of the findings from his 1994 study with David Thelen reported in The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life (Columbia University Press, 1998). Through an extensive telephone survey with average Americans, Rosenzweig and Thelen looked at how Americans use and understand history.  They found that, contrary to popular belief, Americans feel strongly connected to history, although personal and familial histories were more important than national histories.  Here Rosenzweig touches upon the implications of these findings for history teaching.

Samantha Cutrara