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Barry Joyce
Professor
Coordinator, Social Studies Education Program
University of Delaware
214 John Munroe Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-2860

Biography

​Barry Joyce is the Co-Coordinator of the History/Social Studies Secondary Education program and coordinator of the Master of Arts in Social Studies in World History program at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Riverside, in 1995. He came to the University of Delaware in 2000. His latest book is The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth Century (Rowman and Littlefield). He is currently working on a project that investigates historical representations and perceptions of shared sacred space in the American Southwest. His first published work in this area will be “The Temple and the Rock; James W. Lesueur and the Synchronization of Sacred Space in the American Southwest,” in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of Mormon History. He is also currently collaborating on a quantitative study that analyzes student and instructor conceptual understanding of world history in higher education. He teaches courses on the American West and Native American History on campus and in the American Southwest, in addition to offering various social studies education, American History and World History courses.

Publications

Books:

  • The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth Century. Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2015.
  • The Shaping of American Ethnography: The Wilkes Exploration Expedition, 1838-1842 (University of Nebraska Press, 2001).
  • A Harbor Worth Defending: A Military History of Point Loma (Cabrillo Historical Association, 1995)

 

 

The First U.S. History Textbooks: Constructing and Disseminating the American Tale in the Nineteenth CenturyJoyce, BarryRowman and Littlefield Press2015https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498502153/The-First-U.S.-History-Textbooks-Constructing-and-Disseminating-the-American-Tale-in-the-Nineteenth-Century<p>​This book analyzes the common narrative residing in American History textbooks published in the first half of the 19th century. That story, what the author identifies as the American “creation” or “origins” narrative, is simultaneously examined as both historic and “mythic” in composition. It offers a fresh, multidisciplinary perspective on an enduring aspect of these works. The book begins with a provocative thesis that proposes the importance of the relationship between myth and history in the creation of America’s textbook narrative. It ends with a passionate call for a truly inclusive story of who Americans are and what Americans aspire to become. The book is organized into three related sections. The first section provides the context for the emergence of American History textbooks. It analyzes the structure and utility of these school histories within the context of antebellum American society and educational practices. The second section is the heart of the book. It recounts and scrutinizes the textbook narrative as it tells the story of America’s emergence from “prehistory” through the American Revolution—the origins story of America. This section identifies the recurring themes and images that together constitute what early educators conceived as a unified cultural narrative. Section three examines the sectional bifurcation and eventual re-unification of the American History textbook narrative from the 1850s into the early 20th century. The book concludes by revisiting the relationship between textbooks, the American story, and mythic narratives in light of current debates and controversies over textbooks, American history curriculum and a common American narrative.</p>
The Shaping of American Ethnography: The Wilkes Exploration Expedition, 1838-1842Joyce, BarryUniversity of Nebraska Press2001https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/nebraska/9780803225916/<p>In August of 1838 the United States Exploring Expedition set sail from Norfolk Navy Yard with six ships and more than seven hundred crewmen, including technicians and scientists. Over the course of four years the expedition made stops on the east and west coasts of South America; visited Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, and Tahiti; discovered the Antarctic land mass; and explored the Fiji Islands, Tonga, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Pacific Coast of North America.</p><p> </p><p>In <em>The Shaping of American Ethnography</em> Barry Alan Joyce illuminates the process by which the Americans on the expedition filtered their observations of the indigenous peoples they encountered through the lens of their peculiar constructions of "savagery" as shaped by the American experience. The native peoples were classified according to the prevailing American perceptions of Native Americans as "wild" and African American slaves as "docile." The use of physical characteristics such as skin color as a classificatory tool was subordinated to the perceived image of the prototypical savage. Joyce argues that the nineteenth-century explorers shared the attributes that characterize the discipline of anthropology in any age—a reliance on synthetic systems that are period- and culture-dependent. By applying American images of savagery to world cultures, American scientists and explorers of this period helped construct the foundation for an American racial weltanschauung that contributed to the implementation of manifest destiny and laid the ideological foundations for American expansion and imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.</p>
A Harbor Worth Defending: A Military History of Point LomaJoyce, BarryCabrillo Historical Association1995https://www.nps.gov/cabr/learn/historyculture/military-history-and-coastal-defense.htm<p>​Authored by a former Cabrillo National Monument Park Ranger, "A Harbor Worth Defending" offers a detailed account of Point Loma's coastal defense. </p>

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