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Falsely Teaching Our Children That America is Evil-The corrosive influence of anti-American propagandist Howard Zinn.
Frontpagemagazine ^ | Aug 9, 2022 | Jerry Newcombe

Posted on 08/09/2022 5:08:41 AM PDT by SJackson

For 42 years American school children have been subject to a barrage of misinformation about our American history. This has helped cause many of them to hate America. And virtually every day we read about the results.

For example, there’s a curriculum clash in one of our nation’s most conservative states. On Friday, Gary Bauer reported that the Oklahoma Board of Education decided to downgrade the Tulsa Public School District’s accreditation. This is because in Tulsa, they’re still teaching Marxist critical race theory---which is now against the law in the Sooner State.

Oklahoma’s Secretary of Education is Ryan Walters, who told Fox News: "What we've got to do is go back to teaching our history and ensuring that every young person has the ability to be successful and be inspired by our history."

He added, “We’re the greatest country in the history of the world, and our kids need to know that.”

But how will children in Oklahoma, and all the other states, learn to appreciate our country when so many have been brainwashed with a false view for so long?

“Howard Zinn died in 2010, but [his book] A People’s History of the United States lives on and carries the rhetoric of past decades of leftist politics forward with it.” So writes Dr. Mary Grabar, author of the book, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America (2019).

Grabar is a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and is the founder of Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc. She has taught at the college level for two decades, including at Emory University.

Grabar describes the late Howard Zinn, the American history professor who would’ve turned 100 this year, as a “communist propagandist.”

In her book, Grabar observes, “Zinn’s pervasive influence is a national tragedy, especially considering just how distorted, manipulative, and plain dishonest A People’s History of the United States is.”

Zinn’s work has been widely read by many who assume it is truthful. Indeed, A People’s History remains among the most widely-assigned history textbooks in America. But Zinn was a self-described Marxist, and author Daniel Flynn once described him as an “unreconstructed, anti-American Marxist,” whose book was a “cartoon anti-history.”

Grabar quotes many reputable historians who similarly find Zinn’s historical standards sub-par.

I spoke with Dr. Grabar for a radio segment on Zinn and his influence. She told me, “I don’t think there’s another book on American history that has sold as many copies as Howard Zinn’s has. It has been in constant publication since 1980 when it first came out…. His view of American history…has become the dominant one.”

I asked her if there is a link between Zinn’s teachings and the mobs in the streets tearing down historical statues related to American history. She answered “Absolutely.” She noted that readers of Zinn tend to “get this very jaundiced picture of the founders, of Christopher Columbus. These people are presented as enslavers, committing genocide.”

For example, in her chapter, “Columbus Bad, Indians Good,” Grabar states, “Zinn was instrumental in the sea change that has transformed Columbus from the discoverer of America into the genocidal villain whose murder and enslavement of the Indians is the original sin that makes America a crime.”

Zinn leaves out such facts as the explorer’s log entry for October 12, 1492: “I warned my men to take nothing from the people without giving something in exchange.”

Graber told me: “It’s all done through lies about American history. Very little of it is accurate, so there’s this false picture of the people we have justly honored.”

Graber continued, “We have generations of people who have grown up disillusioned with this country---thinking there is something better off on the horizon. And what they think is better is socialism.” And Zinn deserves a great deal of the credit—or rather, blame—for that.

This is all astounding when you think about it. Zinn was a propagandist for the Communists, who were guilty of far worse atrocities than the men and women who founded America. The records are not comparable.

A couple of disillusioned former communists summarized the legacy of seven decades of the atheistic U.S.S.R. in one phrase: “tens of millions of corpses.” And yet Zinn continues to poison the minds of millions of Americans against our country.

This reminds me of the famous quip from Ronald Reagan: “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so.”

What is America in its essence? Very simply this: self-rule under God. Both of those phrases are necessary for a free and prosperous future for our country. May God spare us from the propagandists who withhold that information from present and future generations.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: antiamericanism; zinn

1 posted on 08/09/2022 5:08:41 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

i think a differentiation needs to be made between the US government and all of its employees, and The People of the United States. The first is evil, the second is far from it.

2 posted on 08/09/2022 5:13:11 AM PDT by NicoDon
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To: SJackson
Zinn was a pompous wannbe and a Marxist apologist.

The "People's History" is can be found online for free these days, because it is -- like the 1819 project of the New York Times -- revisionist agitprop.

But like every good Marxist, his estate wants to be paid for it. And rather handsomely for an older book.

That the multiple millions of dead in other lands dwarfs any of the ills Zinn wrings his hands about in the US is of little interest to the Left which expects that we don;t notice anything other than what they want us to see and read.

3 posted on 08/09/2022 5:25:18 AM PDT by Worldtraveler once upon a time (Degrow Government)
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To: SJackson
Thirty years ago my kids 2nd grade “social studies” book described the Pilgrims as people “who came and spread disease”. I complained to the teacher. She agreed with me but also said I was the only parent to say anything.
Repeats of that happened for many years.
The fact is America's parents are to blame. They'd been using schools for baby sitting and didn't really care what they taught. There was always something more important to do.
I will say the recent pandemic caused me to start some hope for the future. Homeschoolers have exploded. It's the first good news in many years.
4 posted on 08/09/2022 5:41:15 AM PDT by Varda
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5 posted on 08/09/2022 5:43:12 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (11/3-11/4/2020 - The USA became a banana republic.)
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To: SJackson

I frequent a history related forum, which tends toward the left. Even to them, Zinn is a lousy historian, who fudges facts and ignores anything that doesn’t fit his narrative.

Politics aside, the quality of his work is so poor, it has no place in any history class, even if you paired it with an opposing view.

6 posted on 08/09/2022 6:33:16 AM PDT by GreenLanternCorps (Hi! I'm the Dread Pirate Roberts! (TM) Atsk about franchise opportunities in your area.)
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To: NicoDon

NO—Its all evil. The FBI proves this. Its not just a few at the top—the whole body is corrupted. Why haven’t more “good, patriotic’ Agents resigned? No, they are all democrat agents. Same with police—look how they acted at the school shooting? They are sell outs who care more for themselves than the nation. Greed has caused many to sell out to China. The whole of the system has rotted out and will fall. A person would be a fool to join the army now. Why give your life or legs to Joe and Nancy? Why help the élite Power class? They are not Americans—they are “Citizens of the World”. It makes me sick.

7 posted on 08/09/2022 8:56:54 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade ( Ride to the sound of the Guns!)
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You misunderstand what I meant. The government of the US is evil, and that includes the people who work for it since they ultimately further its ambitions even if they delude themselves and say they are working to change it from the inside.

The People- like you and me and our families and neighbors and, generally speaking the populace of the US, are NOT evil.

That is the differentiation I mean.

8 posted on 08/09/2022 9:27:45 AM PDT by NicoDon
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To: NicoDon

The People- like you and me and our families and neighbors and, generally speaking the populace of the US, are NOT evil

I can agree with that—most people in any nation are not evil—just doing the best they can maybe trapped in a culture with evil men running things. Most Russian, Iranians, Chinese are not evil. Some, by playing along, are helping evil to do its evil work.

9 posted on 08/09/2022 11:53:46 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade ( Ride to the sound of the Guns!)
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