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It is often noted that the story is written by the winners. It is also an unmistakable fact that most history lessons taught in schools are often told from white and male perspectives.
While Fourth of July is usually a day of celebration and relaxation for many Americans, the national mood is quite different this year. In that spirit, here is a suggested reading list of books on American history from perspectives not often included in textbooks about elementary, college, and college.
Traces: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
Lauret Savoy explores how the unfolded history and concept of race in the United States has marked her – as historian and environmental studies and geology – and the country itself. From earthquake fault lines to southern plantations, from national parks to American Native American reservations, Savoy mediates through a series of essays rooted in his own mixed cultural heritage (of Native American, African, and European descent) about the relationship between different landscapes and different societies, and how these environments shape the socioeconomic fabric. in the country.
Children of Fire: A History of African Americans by Thomas C. Holt
University of Chicago professor, Thomas C. Holt presents a sweeping history of generations of African Americans, from the arrival of the first slaves in North America in 1619 to the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. Holt treats each generation with respect and individuality, but at the same time blurs chronological lines often established by white scholars. (For example, the same people who lived through the Civil War and the end of slavery also treated reconstruction and decades of Jim Crow laws to come, and yet they are often treated as two separate generations of Black Americans.)
These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
If you're looking for a comprehensive book – but one that doesn't tell the same old story – Harvard professor and New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore's single story volume could be a good starting point. These truths go all the way back to 1492, but Lepore approaches the history of the United States – and by extension this North America – with an eye on skepticism, and asks for centuries of racial submission, whose truth we really are tell when i understand american history and politics?
The Making of Asian America: A History by Erika Lee
Professor Erika Lee, the grandson of Chinese immigrants who entered the United States through Angel Island in California and Ellis Iceland in New York provides a comprehensive and diverse history of Asian Americans, which are often lumped together in a homogeneous way when referenced (if at all) in history books in high schools. When I look back at the first sailors who crossed the Pacific in the 16th century – well before the arrival of Chinese workers working on the railroad in the 1850s – The Making of Asian America explores a number of Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant journeys, and how their lives contrasted with their American-born descendants.
(Also worth reading: Lee's latest book, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States tracing xenophobia as a political movement back to prejudiced anger over the influx of Irish Catholic immigrants in the middle of the 19th century, and eventually paved the way for major crimes against people of color, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Japanese internment during World War II, and today's mass deportation of Latin American immigrants.]