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Even when there was a lot less of it, American history was never simple. What we chose to teach and how we chose to teach it, tells us as much about our present selves as about our past. Using American history textbooks as our viewfinder we will study the ways that educators, politician, and religious leaders struggled for control of national struggled for control of national narrative. Some of the topics we will touch on include the Catholic rebellion, the problem of slavery, English, French and German claims to American history, wars, and presidents.
GROUP LEADER: Karl Hakkarainen is a Technology Adviser for WISE. He has taught WISE classes on social networks, learning and technology, law, history, journalism, and music.
OPTIONAL BOOK: Schoolbook Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War to the Present, Joseph Moreau, University of Michigan Press, 0472030531.
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