Making History: A Personal Approach to Modern American History begins with the important point that while most standard textbooks refer to events that have shaped America, these events didn't happen to America – they happened to individual Americans. It is individuals who give their lives in armed conflicts and lose their homes during financial downturns.
With this perspective in mind, students are prepared to read and think differently about post-Civil War history, including industrialization, the Spanish-American War and World Wars, the Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Era, Vietnam, the rise of modern conservatism, and the country's current state of decline. This edition features a new chapter on reconstruction and an assessment of the Obama presidency and the 2016 presidential election. The first history textbook to include comic book pages, Making History features artwork by comic book artist Gary Dumm of American Splendor.
With its non-traditional take on events and their impacts, Making History is a fresh alternative for survey courses in American history and historiography or classes in American civilization or popular culture.
— Larry Jost, illustrator
Making History offers a marvelous adaptation of texts and images to the worldview and interests of today’s college student. The “personal history” enriched so dramatically by Gary Dumm’s one-page comic art contributions, hits home where a detached, purely scholarly approach does not and cannot. Bruce Solheim is a uniquely engaged teacher and textbook author, and students will welcome his work as something dear to them as well as useful. — Paul Buhle, retired lecturer, Brown University
Author/editor of numerous histories and non-fiction comic art volumes
This text is inspiring, consciousness raising, thought provoking, compelling, and a pleasure to read. Making History vividly captures the last 125 years of our U.S. history and does not gloss over or slant the content of our past, but presents fairly both the good and the bad.
— William V. Wenger, Colonel, USA (retired), business executive, college professor, actor
This book is fair-minded, fact filled, and presented with such order and clarity that the reader’s mind is not numbed, but provoked to the discovery of how we ended up where we are now. Dr. Solheim dares the reader/student to become an active, responsible citizen and to make our world a better place by honestly confronting how we’ve gone wrong with our wars and our social policies.
—David A. Willson, U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, retired reference librarian and professor, Vietnam War literature and film bibliographer, and author.
Readers will find Bruce Solheim's Making History to be an engaging and innovative approach to recent American history. The author thoughtfully blends illustrative personal experiences with major changes in domestic and foreign policies, and their impact on the lives of Americans. One senses throughout the book the dedication of a thoughtful historian, who challenges his readers to learn from the past as they confront contemporary problems. Altogether,Making History is a splendid work.
—Gary R. Hess, Ph.D., emeritus distinguished research professor of history, Bowling Green State University.