ERIC Number: ED164209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Two History Texts: A Study in Contrast. A Study Guide and Lesson Plan.
Moore, Robert B.
By comparing a text that is especially biased with one that is especially free of bias, the understanding and recognition of race and sex bias in history textbooks can be developed. "Your Mississippi" by John K. Bettersworth and "Mississippi: Conflict and Change", edited by Sallis and Loewen, provide examples for such a study. "Your Mississippi" is an example of "mytholized history"; its author has "the tendency to view Mississippi through white eyes, wearing rose colored glasses". "Conflict and Change" on the other hand is "one of the best history books to be found"; it "presents multiracial/multicultural concerns and experiences and honestly describes white racism". This document is intended as a study guide to develop participants' skills in analyzing textbooks. It describes the court issue regarding the adoption of the two texts in Mississippi. It compares the contrasting approaches toward Native Americans, slavery, Reconstruction, Post-Reconstruction, race, migration, industrialization, civil rights, other racial and ethnic groups, and women. Illustrations, wording, and formats are examined and compared, and parallel quotes on the same historical events are utilized. The glossary discusses perspective, myth, ethnocentrism, eurocentrism, isolation, omission, stereotype, characterization, bias, racism, and sexism and how they relate to the approaches taken by some history books. (DS)
Descriptors: American Indians, Black History, Civil Rights, Comparative Analysis, Content Analysis, Ethnic Groups, Females, History Textbooks, Racial Bias, Racial Segregation, Racism, Sex Discrimination, Slavery, Stereotypes, Study Guides, Teaching Guides, Textbook Bias, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
Council on Interracial Books for Children, New York, New York
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Racism and Sexism Resource Center for Educators, New York, NY.
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