Re-visiting American History

For this response paper, using the class lecture material (powerpoint, viewing clips, and handouts) and class readings, I would like you to comment and analyze what you think are the important points/issues/themes/critiques of how “American history” has been written? What questions/comments did the readings raise for you regarding the writing of American history? What are your thoughts/analysis on Columbus as “hero” of history? Finally, what is the significance of the ban on Ethnic Studies (HB 2281) in Arizona and the Texas Textbooks controversy? And what does it reveal about multiculturalism and the writing of U.S. history and who has the “power” to frame the classroom learning?

Directions: Your paper is to be at least 400 to 450 words and should be organized into specific paragraphs (a paragraph is at least six to eight sentences). Be sure to reference specific authors or class material as supporting evidence in your post and even use short quotes as supporting evidence.
You should use at the very least 3 to 4 direct quotes as supporting evidence. There is no penalty for going over 450 words if you so choose. Anything less than 400 words will receive 0 points. Your post should demonstrate critical thinking and analysis of the class material and should not be summary of the class material. You should also not copy other student’s work and ideas, this is considered plagiarism. A student will automatically fail the class with any incident of cheating and/or plagiarism. This paper should be in your own words and again demonstrate your analysis and original thinking regarding this week’s class material and fully answer all of the above questions posed.

Critical Thinking Questions (CTQs):: Who writes history? And what views are typically found in American History Textbooks? What is often excluded in the writing of history and Why? What is the significance of how history remembers Columbus? What are the flaws in these perspectives?

Weekly Reading:

Takaki (Introduction)

Howard Zinn (Columbus, Indians and Human Progress-Online—follow the links)

http://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinncol1.html

James Loewen (Introduction to Lies My Teacher Told Me-Online)

http://www.uvm.edu/~jloewen/content.php?file=liesmyteachertoldme-introduction.html

VIDEOS:


http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/06/25/controversial-textbooks-texas

PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES I WILL UPLOAD AND LEAVE LINKS FOR. THE DIRECT QUOTES MUST BE ACCURATE IN ORDER FOR ME TO RECEIVE POINTS.

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