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Rewritin’ History, Y’All!

COMMENT: Numer­ous broad­casts have high­light­ed var­i­ous forms of revi­sion­ist his­to­ry. From Holo­caust Denial to blam­ing World War II on FDR, the advo­cates of evil have dili­gent­ly pur­sued their end–the insti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion of his­tor­i­cal lies.

Now, the state of Vir­ginia has adopt­ed text­books fea­tur­ing revi­sion­ist his­to­ry of the Amer­i­can Civ­il War, cour­tesy of The Sons of  Con­fed­er­ate Vet­er­ans. The League of the South, over­lap­ping the Aryan Nations, has been very active in this effort to rewrite the his­to­ry of The War Between the States.

One should remem­ber that this comes against the back­ground of renewed dis­cus­sion of states leav­ing the Union.

“His­to­ri­ans Find Myr­i­ad Errors in VA His­to­ry Text­books” by David Tain­tor; TPM Muck­rak­er; 12/30/2010.

Excerpt: . . . . The Post first report­ed the errors back in Octo­ber. The author, Joy Masoff, defend­ed her work, telling the Post, “As con­tro­ver­sial as it is, I stand by what I write. I am a fair­ly respect­ed writer.” But when it came to one of the Civ­il War’s most con­tro­ver­sial themes — the role of African Amer­i­cans in the Con­fed­er­a­cy — she relied pri­mar­i­ly on an Inter­net search, accord­ing to the report. And the results were based on the work of the Sons of Con­fed­er­ate Vet­er­ans, a neo-con­fed­er­ate group based in Ten­nessee. . . .


2 comments for “Rewritin’ History, Y’All!”

  1. Hi Dave,

    I just want­ed to wish you a hap­py new year and to say thanks!

    Great work

    Posted by john henry | December 31, 2010, 5:53 pm
  2. Elec­tions have con­se­quences:

    TPM Livewire
    Colo. Ed Board Mem­ber: Give U.S. Cred­it For Vol­un­tar­i­ly End­ing Slav­ery

    By Cather­ine Thomp­son
    Pub­lished Octo­ber 3, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

    Updat­ed 3:02 p.m.

    A mem­ber of Col­orado’s state Board of Edu­ca­tion argued that the fact that the Unit­ed States vol­un­tar­i­ly end­ed slav­ery proved “Amer­i­can execp­tion­al­ism” and this per­spec­tive should be taught to stu­dents in a recent Face­book post about the AP U.S. His­to­ry cur­ricu­lum.

    Busi­ness­woman Pam Mazanec, who was elect­ed to rep­re­sent Col­orado’s 4th Con­gres­sion­al dis­trict on the board, jumped into a dis­cus­sion about the AP His­to­ry course frame­work Sat­ur­day on a Face­book page that describes itself as “a place where teach­ers and par­ents are encour­aged to speak freely about their issues, ques­tions, and con­cerns in the Dou­glas Coun­ty School Dis­trict.” The Col­orado Inde­pen­dent flagged her com­ment on Thurs­day.

    Mazanec’s first posts in the thread raised the pos­si­bil­i­ty that the AP His­to­ry course frame­work may have been con­ceived by peo­ple with an “agen­da,” prompt­ing an AP Eng­lish teacher to respond by explain­ing that expe­ri­enced AP teach­ers com­pile the cours­es’ exams.

    She then wrote that her con­cern for the course “is an over­ly neg­a­tive view of our his­to­ry and many of our his­tor­i­cal fig­ures (if men­tioned)” and cit­ed his­to­ry pro­fes­sors with “impres­sive cre­den­tials” who told her that the AP His­to­ry cur­ricu­lum is designed to “down­play our noble his­to­ry.”

    She used slav­ery to illus­trate the point:

    As an exam­ple, I note our slav­ery his­to­ry. Yes, we prac­ticed slav­ery. But we also end­ed it vol­un­tar­i­ly, at great sac­ri­fice, while the prac­tice con­tin­ues in many coun­tries still today! Should­n’t our stu­dents be pro­vid­ed that view­point? This is part of the argu­ment that Amer­i­ca is excep­tion­al. Does our APUSH Frame­work sup­port or den­i­grate that posi­tion?

    Stu­dents and teach­ers out­raged over pro­posed changes to the AP His­to­ry cur­ricu­lum have staged protests and walk-outs over the past two weeks in Jef­fer­son Coun­ty, which lies in the state’s 7th Con­gres­sion­al dis­trict. The orig­i­nal pro­pos­al called for pro­mot­ing “patri­o­tism” and down­play­ing “civ­il dis­or­der,” although the Jef­fer­son Coun­ty school board vot­ed Thurs­day night to adopt a com­pro­mise plan..


    Oh wow, so the US “vol­un­tar­i­ly” aban­doned slav­ery. It would be inter­est­ing to learn the names of the his­to­ry pro­fes­sors with “impres­sive cre­den­tials” inspir­ing Mazanec’s views. Who could it be that’s so ded­i­cat­ed to pro­mot­ing ‘Amer­i­can excep­tion­al­ism’ in the nation’s text­books. Who indeed...

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | October 3, 2014, 2:10 pm

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