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ERIC Number: EJ973226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Distorting the Historical Record: One Detailed Example from the Albert Shanker Institute's Report
American Educator, v36 n2 p34-35, 40 Sum 2012
This article presents a detailed example from the Albert Shanker Institute's report that shows the error of U.S. history textbooks and how it is distorting the historical record. One of the most glaring errors in textbooks is the treatment of the role that unions and labor activists played as key participants in the civil rights movement. The textbook coverage of the civil rights movement is quite good, but the omission of organized labor's contribution to that movement is deeply problematic and seriously distorts the historical record. This article shows that there is no mention in the textbooks of labor's role in supporting the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In short, the picture painted by U.S. history textbooks simply airbrushes labor out of this vital historical period and, in the process, paints an incomplete picture of both the labor and civil rights movements. (Contains 16 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964; Voting Rights Act 1965