Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society

“Let us by all means teach black history, African history, women’s history, Hispanic history, Asian history. But let us teach them as history, not as filiopietistic commemoration. The purpose of history is to promote not group self-esteem, but understanding of the world and the past, dispassionate analysis, judgment, and perspective, respect for divergent cultures and traditions, and unflinching protection for those unifying ideas of tolerance, democracy, and human rights that make free historical inquiry possible.” — The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society by historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

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