Misconceptions In Rewriting American History

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This last summer I had the privilege to reenact an important part of history - the pioneer journey west. Although my trek was somewhat difficult, I had many great experiences. Pulling and pushing a heavily laden pioneer handcart 7 miles a day for 4 days was difficult. But surprisingly, the hardest part of the experience for me was enduring the modern day 12 hour long car ride back. Being cooped up with a bunch of 12 year old boys who incessantly sang along to Taylor Swift was torturous. From the experiences I had, I learned that the things the pioneers faced can help us to overcome the challenges of our day. Ronald Regan has been quoted as saying: “I do not want to go back to the past; I want to go back to the past way of facing the future.” …show more content…

The trouble with history books nowadays is that they present history to us through a bias. American history has changed dramatically, due to the actions of those who are trying to further their political and social agendas. Because of this, students are, in a way, brainwashed into believing the misconceptions contained in history books. In "Rewriting American History" Frances Fitzgerald explores the differences between history books from her childhood and the ones written more recently; these changes in context and perspective can negatively affect the convictions of many

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