Loewen Chapters 5-8
James T DabbagianCSU Long Beach
Gone with the wind
The interpretation of slavery in textbooks
Most of our popular culture is blended with race in some form
How is this examination of this chapter ethnographic in a sense?
Does Ethnocentrism play a role? If So, how?
Abraham Lincoln and John Brown
The disappearance of Anti-racism in
Several textbooks from 1890 to 1970 treated John Brown as insane
I should like to know if taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon
principle, and making exceptions to it: Where will it stop?
Most of Lincoln’s anti-racist remarks are left
out by authors.
• Does Ethnocentrism play a role in leaving out Brown and Lincoln? If so, how?
• What does the portrayal of these individuals in these textbooks say about our culture?
The Land of Opportunity
Misrepresentations of the poor and working
The middle class has only gotten better.
We’re all part of the middle class!
Social class is still present
But history writers don’t write about it.
How does it work?
Watching Big Brother
The same state as 1789
America: Protector of liberty, Truth,
Democracy, and the world.
Business Influence gets left out
The tobacco industry
Nonexistent in high school classes.
US is the good guy, bad parts go blank.
• Ethnocentrism plays another role here. Why?• Is it Americentric?
• What are these chapters? Are they positivist? Interpretive?
• Is the writing itself guilty of bias?• Are textbook writers postmodern? Do they
integrate ideas of race and other issues well? Why?
• If not postmodern, what are they?