In the latest installment of the Missing Links series, Jim Mamer explores written history's outlook on women and the disparity between men and women in textbooks.
Jim Mamer continues his series deconstructing the flaws in American history taught in high school classrooms, this time tackling the Vietnam War.
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By Jim Mamer / Original to ScheerPost Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away Buffalo Springfield “Somethings Happening Here” (1966) Paranoia may be the major ingredient in American Exceptionalism. Where else can a kid grow up in security […]
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By Jim Mamer / Original to ScheerPost Oh, the history books tell itThey tell it so wellThe cavalries chargedThe Indians fellThe cavalries chargedThe Indians diedOh, the country was youngWith God on its side Bob Dylan, “With God on Our Side” (1963) By the time I started high school I had come to see the world […]
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By Jim Mamer / Original to ScheerPost It took almost 10 years of teaching before I finally grasped the extent to which secondary American history textbooks fostered misunderstanding and confusion. The depth of the problem became apparent following class discussions of a 12-page reading assignment on the “Origins of the Cold War.” When I made […]