Teaching American Exceptionalism and Overcoming Impediments to Teaching the History We Need
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Young people lose heart early on. Trapped in government-run schools, they learn that America is a nation of imperialism, greed, and racism. Rarely do they hear the truth: that America is the freest, most prosperous nation on Earth—the only nation founded on the concept of human liberty. They learn that perpetual oppression is their fate, and that their only chance at success is through the benevolence of the state or through violent resistance. This is the narrative both of revisionist historian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and of The New York Times’ new 1619 Project.
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