ERIC Number: ED147427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
A Content Analysis of the Treatment of Black People and Race Relations in United States History Textbooks.
Pearson, Floyd H.
This dissertation used quantitative techniques to analyze the treatment of black people and race relations in a selected sample of 20 high school and college textbooks in United States history. The procedure measured the actual amount of change by pairing texts published in 1963 with similar books published in 1973. Analysis of the data revealed a definite increase, in terms of pages, lines, and words, in the volume of printed material devoted to blacks and race relations in 1973 textbooks. Greatest emphases were upon the ante-bellum period, Civil War, and reconstruction era. Weak areas where black history was accented the least were early African origins and, in America, the first 60 years of the 20th century. Thematic analysis, which compared the frequency of theme units present, showed increases in positive directions--the decline in stereotyping and the conscious effort to portray discriminatory practices in America. The quantitative data thus obtained support for the basic contention that textbooks in 1973 more fully describe the experiences of black people and incorporate added information and positive treatment of blacks into the record of America's past. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Black History, Blacks, Change Agents, Content Analysis, Doctoral Dissertations, History Textbooks, Measurement Techniques, Racial Factors, Racial Relations, United States History
University Microfilms, Dissertation Copies, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 76-27,825)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Minnesota