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ERIC Number: EJ824462
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
"You Can't Go Home, Yankee:" Teaching U.S. History to Canary Islands Students
Cruz, Juan Jose
History Teacher, v35 n3 p343-372 May 2002
In this article, the author shares his experience and the challenges he faced in teaching an inclusive American history to Canary Islands students. The author teaches two undergraduate courses related to the U.S., plus a graduate course in American culture and political liberalism. Presently, eleven credits (two semester courses) serve as the foundational courses for students interested in U.S. history and culture. One of these undergraduate courses, a core subject for juniors, is purportedly a survey on the United States, officially dubbed "Historia y cultura de los paises de habla inglesa, II," and the author has arranged its syllabus as a combination of American culture and history. The author focuses his teaching on contrasting and comparing the societies and cultures of both nation-states, with special emphasis on the Canary Islands. He seeks parallel developments between the United States and Spain, and point out why and to what extent they have diverged. But since the history of the Canary Islands has been more closely related to Great Britain than the United States, and since most tourists in the Canary Islands come from Germany, the author needs to be quite imaginative in order to engage students in American history. Here, the author describes how he has tested different tactics to introduce students to this subject and to engage them in American history. He stresses that the lessons of American history can make foreigners alert to the perils of a sacralized past. (Contains 49 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain; United States