Responding in Writing

In one to two pages, respond to the prompt below by writing a well-supported essay. You already should have gone through the prewriting and brainstorming sessions. The question concerns Frances FitzGerald’s essay “Rewriting American History.”

 

Answer the following question:

 

“Rewriting American History” concerns how history is represented to modern readers. Based on your own experiences with history textbooks, do you share FitzGerald’s concern that ‘each generation of children reads only one generation of schoolbooks. The transient history is those children’s history forever—their particular version of America’? Why or why not?

Do you think the process of history education should be changed to address this concern? If so, how should the process be changed? If you disagree, cite specific examples as to why you believe the statement is untrue. Support your response with evidence.

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