“History is important. If you don 't know history it is as if you were born yesterday. And if you were born yesterday, anybody up there in a position of power can tell you anything, and you have no way of checking up on it.” ― Howard Zinn
Three month ago l started this course, History 1301 thinking that I known all there is to know about the American history from middle school and high school, but after taking this course I found out that there are so many things that I didn’t know or understand about the United States. In 1301 I learned that the stories our teachers and historians tell us is different from what truly happened in American history, so that we could feel good about ourselves and believed it had to happen and feel good that it happened. James Loewen and Howard Zinn has transform my understanding of the American history and they have taught me that our history books don 't generally go into a huge amount of insight. It usually leaves readers blank. I have learned that in truth, the history of America is always full of important things that happened in which we do not know, but historians and teachers omit the important and interesting things out in order to please readers. As Loewen says, “Conversely, textbooks seldom use the past to illuminate the present. They portray the past as a simple morality play. “Be a good citizen” is the message that textbooks extract from the past. “You have a proud heritage. Be all that you can be. After all, look at what the United States has accomplished” (Loewen 9).
This semester in this course I have drawn that the American history is not all that as it seems, it is nether that our history writers are lying, it just that they don’t write everythi...
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...igh school I used to think that only Jews were the victims, but from this it seem as though I only knew half of the story about the Holocaust. WWII was about which country had the most power” (Discussion 11).
Furthermore, the ethical dilemma that has risen for me in this course is that nobody has learn from the past mistakes yet until it arises. The killing would never stop because from what am seeing now going on everywhere in the world, it look like no body can stop it. The only thing that I question is why fight? And what is the purpose of all the fighting? However, I do not know that reason of all the conflict that is happening throughout the world, but I’ll say that no body knowns if the choices they made is the right one because everyone or society is different and there is no set rules of whether the decision a country or a person makes is right or wrong.
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