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ERIC Number: EJ864077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The Dutch Are Missing in the American Curriculum
Claunch, Ann
Social Education, v73 n5 p248-251, 256 Sep 2009
The Dutch are missing in any U.S. history textbook, in the content standards, and in the nationally endorsed curriculum. Outside of New York State history classes, there is almost no mention of the Dutch influence in early 17th-century America. Fleeting references to the Netherlands as a staging area for the Pilgrims' famous "Mayflower" voyage or the voyage of Henry Hudson are common; however, it is difficult to find anything but a cursory mention of the Dutch influence in America. In this article, the author discusses the Dutch legacy and states that leaving the Dutch out of the American history curriculum denies students the opportunity to examine the complex nature of colonial America and the contributions of all who came here to build a new nation. Three useful books for history teachers interested in a "Dutch Revival," including teaching suggestions, are provided. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Delaware; Netherlands; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island