One Humble Way to Make America Truly Great

Here’s how: Instead of infecting young minds with mythic propaganda offered in the standard American History curriculum, texts that downplay the immorality and barbarism of our nation’s founding, expansion, and ongoing operation, we could offer future generations something much more like the truth.

Instead of telling stories that celebrate slaveholders, murderers and pathological psychopaths, we could teach our children what American life has been like for blacks, Indians, women, and poor people of all colors.

If we really love our country, and we genuinely wish it to be “great,” the best thing all of us can do is to read (or re-read) Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States of America and be liberated from being doomed to repetition.

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2 Responses

  1. Jls says:

    I have not read this book, but I do know that propaganda works both ways, just as there are two sides to every story. Whenever we can all lay down our weapons, our vitriol and our pride, arrogance and victimhood, we may just be able to hear all sides fairly. But then WHO is the just judge to judge fairly? Let each man and woman know in his/her own heart WHOSE s/he is and WHAT s/he has been made for.

  2. Bambi Anderson says:

    I was so glad to find this book years ago….Time for a re-read definitely! Thanks for the reminder. 🙂