Monday, August 28, 2017
This is very true. I argued with my teachers about this in class throughout high school. I went to 8th Street Bookstore in the Village and Liberation Bookstore in Harlem to learn the truth. This is so important because I met a former student of mine, in the military reserve, taking courses from an Alabama school which is teaching the same garbage history myth I spewed out. My father had me read Carter Woodson's the miseducation of the Negro then in college I met Tilden Lemelle, Myrna Bain and Dr. John Henrik Clarke who changed my life and guided my research past the lies to original source materials. You cannot learn history from textbooks. Original sources is the only way. I remember a high school history teacher telling our class the Civil War was not about slavery. I went to the library and borrowed a book with the original declarations of secession from South Carolina, Georgia Mississippi and the other States that declared War on the United States. Mrs. Dreiband my teacher was shocked and apologized in front of the class. At graduation I was the first recipient of the school's history award. This was 1971. I was attending a private school on Staten Island which I hated due to it''s violent racism "Richmond Town Prep".. In 1968 there was a teachers strike in NYC because Black parents in the Brownsville Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn. The teacher's union led by a racist man named Albert Shanker opposed Black input into the curriculum they hired and the hiring of Black teachers and the transfer of racist and incompetent White teachers. The union went on strike for 52 days. My mother, a teacher refused to strike. We lived and she taught in overwhelmingly White and racist Staten Island. Her school was closed. For 52 days she took the bus, Staten Island Ferry and subway to the Board of Education Headquarters on Livingston Street and Brooklyn and sat in the office every day of the strike. I was so proud of her and still am for being on the right side of history.
John H Armwood
What Trump's Generation Learned About the Civil War - The Atlantic