Essay Question (Term paper to be turned in the last day of regular class.) According to critics on the political left and right, historical revisionism and the crusade for multiculturalism have distorted our nations past and divided the American people. Liberal historian Arthur Schlesinger uses Platos concept of a noble lie to describe the problem in academia today. It serves radical political interests (influenced by Marx and Nietzsche) and ignores a huge amount of evidence that would enable us to obtain a fairer and more balanced understanding of our nation. explain how textbooks distort the past and how this has helped create the social problems we face today. Whats the other side to issues such as race, slavery, feminism, class, etc.? How have liberty and oppression been socially constructed? Include as a corrective the positive side of our nations founding and the Founding Fathers. How has our nation contributed to world civilization? Think of your paper this way: It should be a critique of the negative critique of American history.
Your paper should be 5-6 pages, double spaced, and include endnotes (not footnotes) and a Bibliography, both formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style or Turabian. Any paper that does not have endnotes and a bibliography will receive a failing grade. Fewer than ten sources will result in a lower grade. The Foner text may not count as one of your ten sources.
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