The recent changes to the ‘standards’ for history textbooks in Texas go right to the heart of academics and their legitimacy as historians.
The practice of history, however, is not a zero sum game in which historians can isolate themselves from outside influences. The research, writing and teaching of academic, policy-oriented, and popular history are deeply political, social and ideological pursuits. Whether historical research is intended to ‘add value’ or ‘make an impact’ is only one component of many that shape historical perspective.
The following upcoming events may be of interest to our readers (click on ‘continue reading’ below for full descriptions): Approaching the past, Active History at CHA, Book Launch, History and Heritage in Brantford.
In this post, I look at controversies surrounding a statue of Nellie McClung, due to her early-20th century support of eugenics.
Abstract The content of history textbooks and curriculum is an important factor in the political socialization of succeeding generations of students. This study of representative classroom textbooks authorized for use in Ontario at three distinct eras of the 20th century shows how the main lines of interpretation have shifted over time. During the pre-World War II era, the persistent underlying… Read more »