Americans need to learn from the Wilson era, that there is a connection between racist presidential leadership and like-minded public response.
This book is so important to read.
I do not know if there is any other field of knowledge which suffers so badly as history from the sheer blind repetitions that occur year after year, and from book to book.
History is a subject that I haven’t taken since high school. Because I, like so many others, found it incredibly boring. I grew up in Canada but largely what was taught was the same. I learned the US presidents and how the US and Canada split. But the underlying theme was the same. Canada is great and awesome and look at all the things we have done! But History isn’t all sugar and spice and everything nice.
We didn’t learn about Columbus in the slave trade, or how he used Indians for dog food, or how he cut their ears and hands off because he wanted gold. We didn’t learn Jefferson owned slaves. We didn’t learn that American Indian camps were Hitler’s inspiration.
And not knowing is a dangerous thing. History has been rewritten to avoid controversy, and in doing that we have removed any lessons we could possibly learn from it and any conclusions we may draw from it by independent thinking.
Our teachers have failed us. Loewen does a great job of asking questions about why we learn what we learn and the dangers we face by modifying our history that is so relevant today.
History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, and if faced With courage, need not be lived again.
I highly recommend everyone reads this.