Skip to comments.A History Textbook that Inspires, Not Lectures, Students about America
Posted on 04/05/2019 6:51:31 AM PDT by reaganaut1
From the very beginning, its clear that Wilfred M. McClays Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story isnt a typical textbook. The title alone alerts readers that McClays book will not be the kind of history text that has become so popular in todays high school and college coursesa diatribe against Americas many sins. Instead, it is an accurate, but loving, story of our country and our shared culture. McClay describes his book as a patriotic endeavor as well as a scholarly one.
In his introduction, McClay explains that the purpose of his text is:
to offer to American readers, young and old alike, an accurate, responsible, coherent, persuasive, and inspiring narrative account of their own countryan account that will inform and deepen their sense of the land they inhabit and equip them for the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship.
McClay is just the person to provide such an account. He is the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma and the Director of the Center for the History of Liberty. His other works include Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America and The Students Guide to U.S. History. The text will be available on May 21 and published by Encounter Books, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening the marketplace of ideas and engaging in educational activities to help preserve democratic culture.
After a beautifully written introduction, Beginnings: Settlement and Unsettlement starts with the first human settlers in the new worldtwenty to thirty thousand years agoand ends with Christopher Columbus four trips from Spain to the Americas starting in 1492.
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Looks great ... kind of pricey (even Kindle). Of course it is a textbook, so maybe worth the price?
Unfortuntely, many don’t use textbooks anymore.
You absolutely correct and it's shocking. America is not educating its children as the system is broken.
Umm, been there, done that.
“A Patriot’s History of the United States.”
No, it’s not glossy and slick. Old fashioned book book.
We are now in our 30th (!!) printing, with the 15th Anniversary Edition (through Obama and the first two years of Trump) available in July.
Also, in my online curriculum, I do video lessons of all 22 chapters: www.wildworldofhistory.com
Thanks reaganaut1, and Larry for the additional idea. :^) Seems like a good weekly digest ping as well.
Outstanding post! Bookmarked.
It’s a habit. Teachers do their lessons tied to a text book, then are reluctant to change.
I had a conservative college instructor once tell me she wouldn’t use “Patriot’s History” and instead continued to use a lefty book because “her classes were already written.” (I.e., it was work to change to a more accurate, truthful book). But check out www.wildworldofhistory.com
It’s a great curriculum and even if you’re not teaching, my 22 lectures on US History are worth the price.
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