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Telling the Truth About the Past

16 Dec

There is a reciprocal relationship between justice in the present and honesty about the past. When the United States has achieved justice in the present regarding some past act, then Americans can face it and talk about it more openly, because we have made it right. It has become a success story. Conversely, when we find a topic that our textbooks hide or distort, probably that signifies a continuing injustice in the present. Telling the truth about the past can help us make it right from here on.

–Professor James W. Loewen, author of Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and get Students Excited About Doing History

How we view history really does matter. If our rearward vision presents a false horizon then our forward vision will also be skewed. If we don’t accurately discern the past then our understanding of the present and future will be distorted.

–Terry M. Wildman, From the Introduction.

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