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Disappointing Feel-Good History, May 14, 2006

The Americans
My son is currently using this book (2005 edition) for freshman high school US history. It gets the dates and names right, but has a disappointing emphasis on feel-goodism. For example, in the section on WWII (an area where I have some knowledge):- The Navajo Code-Talkers get their own sidebar on page 579. Their contribution was tactical, not strategic. However, the efforts of codebreakers who defeated Japanese and German encryption (truly war-winning, history-changing contributions) receive no such recognition, despite the pivotal significance of their achievments for the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic, among others. Major deficiency!- Many units distinguished themselves in the air war over Germany. Yet while the 8th Air Force receives no mention, for example, page 573 singles out the Tuskagee Airmen as "Heroes in Combat". The same page runs through the major minority units of concern to the book's authors, like a checklist. An...

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My son is currently using this book (2005 edition) for freshman high school US history. It gets the dates and names right, but has a disappointing emphasis on feel-goodism. For example, in the section on WWII (an area where I have some knowledge):- The Navajo Code-Talkers get their own sidebar on page 579. Their contribution was tactical, not strategic. However, the efforts of codebreakers who defeated Japanese and German encryption (truly war-winning, history-changing contributions) receive no such recognition, despite the pivotal significance of their achievments for the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic, among others. Major deficiency!- Many units distinguished themselves in the air war over Germany. Yet while the 8th Air Force receives no mention, for example, page 573 singles out the Tuskagee Airmen as "Heroes in Combat". The same page runs through the major minority units of concern to the book's authors, like a checklist. An...
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Abridged quotes, politicized, incomplete view of history, in an attempt to mislead and also to God-sanitize the facts. This is particularly obvious in the Chapters on the Declaration of Independence, and on the US Constitution. In the D of C, Jefferson presents the argument: "We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights." In other words, our rights do not come from any earthly king. This was particularly important for Jefferson to point out in order to convince the colonials we had a right to independence from the crown. Reason: Many colonials were still members of the Church of England, and believed sedition against the king (head of the church) was a sin.I'm not a religious fanatic, however I am a history fanatic. I do not believe our children should waste their education on scoured down and remolded POLITICALLY CORRECT dribble. It is CENSORSHIP to erase all references to the "Creator," "Divine Providence", "Nature's God," etc. from the history...
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