Monday, 8 January 2018

Two little-known events in Texas that threatened the progression of the Civil Rights movement.

quote [ The Mansfield Crisis and restrictions on the NAACP are often forgotten in the story of school desegregation. ]

We shall overcome, some day.
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[by ScoobySnacks@12:11amGMT]

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dolemite said @ 5:00pm GMT on 8th Jan
It's shocking how much we still don't know, or at least how much I still don't. I'm embarrassed to admit that I only became aware of the Tulsa massacre last year and I only found out who Frederick Douglass was from Epic Rap Battles of History.
HoZay said @ 5:09pm GMT on 8th Jan
It's amazing how much didn't get mentioned during all those years in school. Probably just ran out of time.
steele said @ 7:37pm GMT on 8th Jan
When it comes to US history two good starting points to read are A People's History of the United States and Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong.

A People's History by Howard Zinn basically looks at US History from the pov of the victims; The natives, the slaves, the immigrants, the PoC, the working class, etc. It goes over some of the hurdles they faced, and some of their advancements. The latest version stops during the early Bush Jr years, I think. Read it online

Lies My Teacher Told Me is written by James Loewen, an american history textbook author. He's previously sued (and won) the state of Mississippi's BoE for claiming a book on Mississippi history was too racial. In addition to covering american history it gets into some of the politics and processes that water down american history textbooks and curriculum. It's a fascinating read.

They don't cover everything, but they're great starting points.
0123 said @ 10:40pm GMT on 8th Jan [Score:-2]

"A People's History of the United States has been heavily criticized by historians from across the political spectrum. Critics assert blatant omissions of important historical episodes, uncritical reliance on biased sources, and systematic failures to examine opposing views."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_People%27s_History_of_the_United_States
0123 said @ 12:49am GMT on 9th Jan [Score:-3]


You're right, of course, I had posted that before. But I feel it important people don't get fed propagandistic texts without context. Allow me to add some more third-party assessment of Zinn's discredited "history":

Writing in Dissent, Georgetown University history professor Michael Kazin argued that Zinn is too focused on class conflict, and wrongly attributes sinister motives to the American political elite. He characterized the book as an overly simplistic narrative of elite villains and oppressed people, with no attempt to understand historical actors in the context of the time in which they lived . Kazin wrote:

The ironic effect of such portraits of rulers is to rob 'the people' of cultural richness and variety, characteristics that might gain the respect and not just the sympathy of contemporary readers. For Zinn, ordinary Americans seem to live only to fight the rich and haughty and, inevitably, to be fooled by them.

0123 said @ 1:22am GMT on 9th Jan [Score:-1 Boring]


According to Georgetown's Michael Kazin, Howard Zinn fails to accurately understand American history because he:

1. is too focused on class conflict
2. wrongly attributes sinister motives to the American political elite
3. espouses an overly simplistic narrative of elite villains and oppressed people
4. makes no attempt to understand historical actors in the context of the time in which they lived.
5. believes Americans live only to fight the rich and haughty and, inevitably, to be fooled by them.

I am trying to recall where I have encountered this symptom cluster before...



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