ERIC Number: ED391740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
The Portrayal of Federal Intervention in Domestic Disorders in Selected U.S. History Textbooks.
Miller, Linda Karen
This dissertation addresses how federalism is portrayed in high school U.S. history textbooks. The guiding questions of this study include: (1) How well do senior high school U.S. history textbooks portray federalism through description of domestic disorders? (2) When domestic disorders are included in these textbooks, how accurately are they presented? and (3) When domestic disorders are included, how much emphasis is given to each major event where the domestic disorder requires federal intervention? Five textbooks were selected based upon the highest number of volumes sold as well as those in use in Virginia. Fifteen selected domestic disorders were investigated for their inclusion in the texts. Basic findings focused on: (1) the explanations of the causes of the disorders; (2) explanations of the issues involved which legitimized the federal intervention; (3) explanation of the delegation of power between the federal and state authorities in determining federal intervention; (4) descriptions of any conflicts between the President and state authorities; and (5) description of the adjudication of the incident. The study concludes that the story of federalism is told only partially in high school U.S. history textbooks' portrayals of federal intervention in domestic disorders. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia.