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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History$
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Richard S. Kirkendall

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790562

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.001.0001

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A Plea for Equality

A Plea for Equality

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(p.292) 31 A Plea for Equality
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The Organization of American Historians and the Writing and Teaching of American History
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Leon F. Litwack

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790562.003.0031

This chapter reviews how American history has been taught. It blames historians for the low quality of history classroom education taught during World War II and much of the Cold War, and sees improvements with the rise of new histories, beginning in the 1960s. Deploring the present-day attack on public schools, the chapter calls upon the Organization of American Historians to join in a battle for equality in educational opportunities.

Keywords:   American history, history teaching, Organization of American Historians, historians, public schools

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