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ERIC Number: ED296941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-9
Pages: 14
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Merl R. Eppse and Studies of Blacks in American History Textbooks.
Nelson, Murry R.
In a time of heightened concern for useful integrated studies in U.S. history, Merl Eppse's work is at the forefront of quality material. Unfortunately it has been largely ignored. Merl Eppse was one of the first educators to write a U.S. history textbook that presented the history of U.S. blacks in an integrated manner. He was the head of the Department of History and Political Science at Tennessee A & I State University in Nashville (TN). He wrote three published books about U.S. history with an emphasis on blacks. Eppse's first book, "A Guide to the Study of the Negro in American History," (1937) was designed to accompany Eppse's forthcoming history text, "The Negro, Too, in American History," (1938). In 1939, Eppse co-authored "An Elementary History of America with Contributions of the Negro Race," with A. P. Foster. One reason that Eppse's work could have remained unknown is that the books were published during World War II when the war effort was so all encompassing that many outstanding works were ignored. The second reason is that the topic was ahead of its time. Despite concern for proper inclusion of minorities in U.S. history textbooks, this exclusion still occurs. Eppse's work is so well integrated that it can easily serve as a model for U.S. history textbooks for today's schools. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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