ERIC Number: ED236078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reconstruction: The Promise and Betrayal of Democracy.
Moore, Robert B.; Banfield, Beryle
Common myths of the Reconstruction Era perpetuated by textbooks are examined and positive information to counter these myths is provided. The presentation of Reconstruction in 12 secondary level U.S. history textbooks, published between 1979 and 1982, is analyzed. The myths that are examined include the following: blacks were helpless and confused during Reconstruction, the freedpeople drifted aimlessly about the South, the land redistribution issue was an unfounded notion, freed blacks lacked the skills needed to build independent lives, white men played the central role in post-war social change, blacks were not smart, no white violence was used to overturn Reconstruction's gains, Southern white men were not very successful lawmakers, Northern whites who participated in the Reconstruction governments were greedy adventurers and Reconstruction governments were often corrupt. Also included are a bibliography of readings, a chronology of events of the Reconstruction Era, a list of textbooks used in the study, and statistics concerning blacks in our society. (RM)
Descriptors: Black Achievement, Black Attitudes, Black Education, Black History, Black Influences, Civil War (United States), Democracy, History Textbooks, Mythology, Racial Bias, Reconstruction Era, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Slavery, Statistics, Textbook Bias, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Whites
Council on Interracial Books for Children, 1841 Broadway, Room 500, New York, NY 10023 ($4.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Episcopal Church Center, New York, NY. Coalition for Human Needs.; Boehm Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Council on Interracial Books for Children, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: For a related document, see SO 015 063. Photographs throughout the document may not reproduce clearly.