Un-American American History?
Beginning in the 1950′s and early 60′s, Baby Boomers were taught very little about our founding documents, and even less about our founders themselves.
Social studies classes during that era began to focus more on the structure of state and local government in general and, in particular, on society’s culturally pressing transition from war to peace, a subject that in those days was considered much more important than anything about our American founding.
That’s the point when American’s collective knowledge about our founding roots first began to wane.
Fast forward to 2016
Today’s educational focus on test preparation for math and on math literacy now pretty much eliminates the teaching of American history and social studies in our elementary schools, categorizing them as “non-essentials” in the overall education of our children.
Not only that but state standards and many school district materials across the country present very narrow and oftentimes erroneous views of American history that are now mandated to be taught in our classrooms.
In an article entitled Censoring American History we learn that even the Advanced Placement U.S History curriculum has been revamped to selectively emphasize certain aspects of our nation’s history over others.
This should be of great concern to all Americans because we have a right (and a responsibility) to know our history in its entirety; not just some watered-down summation by a politically charged review committee.
FACT: we need to pay attention to our nation’s shortcomings and learn from them, and also to understand the roots of our nation’s exceptionalism. Truncated curricula fail miserably in this.
But to have political factions in this country cutting and pasting American history into ‘acceptable’ history offerings as they see fit is an absolute Travesty. Do we really want our own American history turned into class-war propaganda or some pre-packaged Marxist version of U.S. history that is then spoon-fed to American students under the banner of ‘national standards?”
Well, it is happening, and in your face no less.
Have you read about Arizona’s “Raza curriculum?” This curriculum focuses solely on the history on the Aztec people and recognizes the U.S., not as a country, but only as a part of Axtlan, Mexico that they say was ‘wrongly’ taken from the Aztec people. This curriculum, which refers to Americans as “Anglos” or “Euroamericans” rather than as “Americans.,” meets Arizona’s state requirements for “a course in American history” in order for a student to graduate.
Ever since the post-war era of the 40’s, progressives have expunged important facts and historic figures from the history curriculum as they have gained increasing control over state boards of education and curriculum committees.
Our children and their knowledge of their nation’s history have literally fallen prey to ‘un-elected education ‘experts’ that clearly do not have our best interests at heart, only theirs.
That said, Texas for one making some beginning progress against blatant textbook bias. It is worth reading about HERE under the heading “Texas Kicks Out Liberal Textbook Bias.
Finally, a new study from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni have discovered that most of our bation’s elite colleges no longer require students to study American history. They report that “less than a third of our nation’s leading colleges and universities require students pursuing a degree in history to take a single course in American history,” although they are required take coursework related to other countries.
- Of the Top 25 Liberal Arts Colleges, only 7 require U.S. history
- Of the Top 25 National Universities, only 4 require U.S. History
- Of the Top 25 Public Institutions, only 14 require U.S. history
No wonder all those MAN IN THE STREET interviews on television show our young people to be such dunces when it comes to knowledge about our country. Most can only shrug their shoulders and meekly smile when asked why we even celebrate the Fourth of July (Is it to party?).
The Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers — all of these founding documents have been increasingly ignored in our schools, apparently with the idea that they were beyond the grasp of students.
But were they? And are they?
Even the Pledge of Allegiance is taken for granted today and it has been repeatedly modified over the years, but to what end? And where has Congress been?
Are you also aware that in 2015 the Obama Administration changed the oath of allegiance for newly naturalized citizens? They no longer have to pledge to defend the United States through military service when reciting the Oath of Allegiance “if they have certain religious or conscientious objections,” according to a new policy set out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This clearly undermines the citizenship process.
That oath used to read:
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
Some educational links for Patriots
The links below take you to documents that all American citizens should have a working knowledge of, including but limited to:
- the differences between Federalists and Republicans;
- the differences between a Republic and a Democracy;
- the importance of separation of powers between the three branches of the federal government;
- the underpinnings of the controversial commerce clause;
- the history of our national anthem;
- the ‘authorizing clause’ for our system of federal taxation
Our Founding Documents
The Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution
The Declaration of Independence as written by Thomas Jefferson — additions by Congress appear in red text and any deletions made by Congress are struck through in red text
Transcript of The Constitution of the United States — a transcription in its original form — items that are hyperlinked have since been amended or superseded
Questions and Answers pertaining to the U.S. Constitution
Original text of The Federalist Papers
Index to the Antifederalist Papers — In contrast to Hamilton, Madison and Jay who supported ratification of the Constitution of the United States, many others did not. While the former’s works were more logically organized (and eventually won the debate), the Antifederalist writers were nonetheless articulate. Serious questions were raised which eventually led to some of the Federalist writings that served as answers to allegations of the Antifederalists.
100 Milestone Documents — compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration, drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings — these documents chronicle U.S. history from 1776 to 1965
Additional Historical Resources
“Independence Forever: Why America Celebrates the Fourth of July” by Matthew Spalding of the Heritage Foundation
“The Urgent Need for More George Washingtons” from the National Center for Constitutional Studies
The Reach of Congressional Power: Specific Article I and Article IV Powers — a discussion of how far the powers of Congress extend under the various grants
A Principle of the Traditional American Philosophy: LIMITED GOVERNMENT
“Of the Origin and Design of Government” by Thomas Paine — On January 10th, 1776 Thomas Paine published the most popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary, Common Sense. In this short pamphlet Paine outlined what would become the cornerstone and supreme argument for individual rights and liberties.
A Principle of the Traditional American Philosophy: TAXES, Limited to Safeguard Liberty
“Bipartisanship: Federalist and Republicans in the Early Republic” from the Encyclopedia of the New American Nation
The Founders on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms — extensive quotes from Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry, John Adams, Samuel Adams, James Madison, George Washingon, James Monroe, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, George Mason and more
“Unalienable Rights” versus “Inalienable Rights” — d0 you know the difference?
The most effective means of preserving liberty is “An Enlightened, Committed People Who Understand The Principles of Our Constitution”
“Small Federal Government/Strong Local and State Governments” — The basic idea of our Founders was to get government as close to the people as possible. The more remote it is from the people, the more dangerous it becomes
“Separation of Powers: The Genius of America’s Constitution” – America’s Founders had just declared themselves free of a tyrannical government. They were determined that such tyranny would never be repeated in this land
“Checks and Balances: The Constitutional Structure for Limited and Balanced Government” — The Constitution was devised with an ingenious and intricate system of checks and balances to guard the people’s liberty against combinations of government power. It structure the Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary to be separate and wholly independent as to function but coordinated for proper operation with safeguards to prevent usurpations of power
History of the Pledge of Allegiance — The Pledge of Allegiance is an oath of loyalty to the flag and the republic of the United States, composed originally by Francis Bellamy in 1892. The Pledge has been modified four times since then, with the most recent change adding the words “under God” in 1954
A History of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — This represents the earliest known of the five drafts of what may be the most famous American speech. It was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, at the dedication of a memorial cemetery on November 19, 1863
Transcript of President George Washington’s First Inaugural Speech (1789) — On April 16, 1789, two days after receiving official notification of his election, George Washington, although not required by the Constitution, gave the first Presidential inaugural address on April 30, 1789
Transcript of President George Washington’s Farewell Address (1796) — Originally published in David Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796 under the title “The Address of General Washington To The People of The United States on his declining of the Presidency of the United States,” the letter was almost immediately reprinted in newspapers across the country and later in a pamphlet form
The Deist Roots of the United States of America by Robert L. Johnson — What was it that filled the souls of America’s founders with such passionate altruism that they were willing to risk everything they had, including their families, careers, and very lives, for an ideal? Was it their strong convictions in the teachings of Christianity and the Bible? Or was it something else?
A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to America’s Age of Entitlement [Revised Edition] by Larry Schweikart and Michael Patrick Allen
Authors Schweikart and Allen remind us all what a few good individuals can do in just a few short centuries. This is a credible and well-researched, reliable account of America from the discovery of the Continent up to the present day. And it is the sorely-needed antidote to the left-wing and Marxist textbooks that are currently in use in American public schools and colleges.
The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas DiLorenzo
Most Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books, a national holiday, and a monument in Washington, D.C., extol his heroism and martyrdom. But what if most everything you knew about Lincoln were false? What if, instead of an American hero who sought to free the slaves, Lincoln were in fact a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in american history in order to build an empire that rivaled Great Britain’s?