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Professor Casey Blake: World War II Memorial Attracts ControversyOffice of Public AffairsThe World War II Memorial Project on Washington, D.C.'s mall has generated controversy, notes historian Casey Blake. Among other issues, its size does not represent the modesty of the World War II generation, whose contributions to Americans continued after the war.
Professor Eric Foner: 1990s Controversies Affected the Writing of HistoryOffice of Public AffairsIn his new book, Who Owns History? Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (Hill & Wang), Columbia history professor Eric Foner describes how controversies in the 1990s affected the writing of history.
Professor Eric Foner: Future Historians Will Disagree over Analysis of September 11Office of Public AffairsHistory Professor Eric Foner predicts that future historians will disagree in their evaluations of the September 11 attacks and their aftermath. It is still too early for historians to analyze and integrate September 11 into concepts of American history, says Foner.
Professor Eric Foner: Reconstruction Is the Least Understood Period in American HistoryOffice of Public AffairsColumbia history professor Eric Foner, who has recently published Who Owns History? (Hill and Wang, 2002), says greater public knowledge of Reconstruction is necessary to understand race relations in the United States and the consequences of the Civil War.
Professor Kessler-Harris: Women Historically Limited by Restrictions on Economic OpportunitiesOffice of Public AffairsColumbia history professor Alice Kessler-Harris, whose In Pursuit of Equity (Oxford 2001), won a 2002 Bancroft Prize, says the status of women in the United States has historically been limited by restrictions on their economic opportunities.
Professor Robert O'Meally: Ralph Ellison and Jazz as an American InstitutionOffice of Public AffairsRobert O'Meally, founder and director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, discusses jazz as an American institution, Ralph Ellison's quintessential jazz novel Invisible Man and the Center for Jazz Studies' interdisciplinary approach.
Professor Winston James: Ordinary Lives in New York: Harlem in 1920s and 1930s Inspired Novelist Claude McKayOffice of Public AffairsHarlem reminded novelist Claude McKay of his youth in Jamaica, says History's Winston James. McKay immediately fell in love with Harlem and from then on he depicted Harlem in a loving and romantic way, primarily writing about the lives of ordinary people.

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