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Book Review: America Redux: Visual Stories from Our Dynamic History by Ariel Aberg-Riger

Publisher’s description

A critical, unflinching cultural history and fierce beacon of hope for a better future, America Redux is a necessary and galvanizing read. 

What are the stories we tell ourselves about America? 

How do they shape our sense of history, 

cloud our perceptions, 

inspire us? 

America Redux explores the themes that create our shared sense of American identity and interrogates the myths we’ve been telling ourselves for centuries. With iconic American catchphrases as chapter titles, these twenty-one visual stories illuminate the astonishing, unexpected, sometimes darker sides of history that reverberate in our society to this very day—from the role of celebrity in immigration policy to the influence of one small group of white women on education to the effects of “progress” on housing and the environment, to the inspiring force of collective action and mutual aid across decades and among diverse groups. 

Fully illustrated with collaged archival photographs, maps, documents, graphic elements, and handwritten text, this book is a dazzling, immersive experience that jumps around in time and will make you view history in a whole different light.