The “new western history” has had an impact, both deep and wide, on the practice of public history. The degree to which the American public embraces or resists this change could be determined less by an unyielding devotion to simple images of the heroic Old West and more by the persuasiveness of the voice and tone with which historians carry their message. In a contest between interesting and thought-provoking stories, and predictable and formulaic stories, interest and thought can hold their own. In presenting western history, there are many opportunities to capitalize on the compatibility between accuracy and entertainment.
- New western history
- Legacy of Conquest
- strategies of public communication
- movements in historiography
- end of Cold War
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