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Southern schools’ history textbooks: A long history of deception, and what the future holds | Montgomery Advertiser

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Southern schools’ history textbooks: A long history of deception, and what the future holds | Montgomery Advertiser

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Bryan Lyman, Montgomery Advertiser

For much of the 20th century, southern classrooms treated Black history — when they touched the subject at all — as a sideshow to a white-dominated narrative.

Teachers taught students to sing Dixie and memorize long lists of forgettable governors. Civil War battles got described in detail. Textbooks celebrated the violent overthrow of democratically-elected, multiracial governments. Lynching went unmentioned. The evils of slavery got cursory acknowledgments — and quick dismissals. 

“It should be noted that slavery was the earliest form of social security in the United States,” a 1961 Alabama history textbook said, falsely

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Featured Image, A Confederate flag hangs in the Robert E. Lee High School gym during a school assembly in 1968.
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