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ERIC Number: ED553792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 238
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3031-0816-7
New Format, Same Old Story?: An Analysis of Traditional and Digital U.S. History Textbook Accounts of Slavery
Lathan, Jamie L.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
While the distortions and omissions in traditional U. S. history textbook accounts of slavery have been well documented (Alexander, 2002; Brown & Brown, 2010; Banks, 1969; Council on Interracial Books for Children, 1977; Elson, 1964; Gordy & Pritchard, 1995; Kane, 1970; Kochlin, 1998; Washburn, 1997), no study has analyzed digital U. S. history textbooks for those same distortions. Given the digital history affordances of increased accessibility of primary source documents (Lee, 2002), multiple perspectives of historical narratives (Ayers, 1999), flexibility in presentation forms (Cohen & Rosenzweig, 2005), and integration of formerly marginalized historical accounts (Bolick, 2006), it should follow that digital U. S. history textbook accounts of slavery eliminate, or at least minimize, the stereotypes, distortions, and omissions. After conducting a content-based, hypertext-based, image-based, and multimedia-based content analysis of traditional and digital U. S. history textbook accounts of slavery, it is clear that digital U. S. history textbooks do not take advantage of the affordances of digital history and, consequently, continue to perpetuate the distortions and omissions of the traditional textbooks. Using Critical Race Theory, New Literacies, and Hypertext Theory as an interpretive lens, the findings of the study highlight both the disappointment and hope of the untapped potential of digital U. S. history textbooks. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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