NotesFAQContact Us
Collection
Advanced
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED002090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Oct
Pages: 1
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
THE NEGRO IN AMERICAN HISTORY TEXTBOOKS.
STAMPP, KENNETH M.; AND OTHERS
IN THE MIDST OF THIS CIVIL RIGHTS REVOLUTION, HISTORIANS AND EDUCATORS HAVE A CLEAR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE TO IT THAT THE ROLE OF NEGROES IN AMERICAN LIFE IS TAUGHT FULLY AND ACCURATELY. HISTORICAL DISTORTIONS HELP PERPETUATE AND INTENSIFY PATTERNS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION. THIS APPLIES NOT ONLY TO INACCURATE HISTORY, BUT ALSO TO THE KIND OF HISTORY THAT REINFORCES NOTIONS AMONG WHITES OF THEIR SUPERIORTY AND AMONG NEGROES OF THEIR INFERIORITY. THE GREATEST DEFECT IN TEXTBOOKS IS THE VIRTUAL OMISSION OF THE NEGRO. ALL THE TEXTS PLAY DOWN OR IGNORE THE LONG HISTORY OF VIOLENCE BETWEEN NEGROES AND WHITES, SUGGESTING THAT RACIAL CONTACTS HAVE BEEN DISTINGUISHED BY A PROGRESSIVE HARMONY. THE TONE OF A TEXTBOOK IS ALMOST AS IMPORTANT AS ANYTHING IT ACTUALLY STATES. A MINIMALLY FULL AND ACCURATE TEXTBOOK ACCOUNT SHOULD INCLUDE THE MODERN CIVIL RIGHTS REVOLUTION WHICH SEEMS TO BE ONE OF THE MAJOR HISTORICAL EVENTS OF THE MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY. ATTACHED ARE CRITICAL REVIEWS OF THE TWO-ADOPTED TEXTBOOKS USED IN GRADE 5, THREE STATE-ADOPTED TEXTS USED IN GRADE 8, AND TWO HIGH SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS WHICH ARE REPORTED TO BE MOST WIDELY USED IN CALIFORNIA.
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)