• "The Good War" Forever: Allied Area Bombardment and the Japanese-American Internment in US History Textbooks and Memory

    Author(s):
    J. Davis Winkie (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    History
    Subject(s):
    American history, Applied history, Pedagogy, Public history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Area bombardment, Collective memory, Japanese-American internment, Textbooks, World War II
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6V34F
    Abstract:
    Among the American people, the perception of the Second World War as the “good war” has persisted virtually unshaken for more than seven decades despite a plethora of scholarly literature criticizing and challenging this myth. While this continuity can be examined as a function of factors such as cultural depictions of the war and political pressure exerted by veterans’ interest groups, this piece argues, through an examination of pedagogical practices and a textbook survey contrasting treatments of area bombardment and the Japanese-American internment that high school history curricula for decades have lacked a critical perspective on our conduct abroad during the war. This sanitized depiction of our wartime experience signifies a missed opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills on an international scale through the lens of history; it represents a missed opportunity to prepare the leaders of tomorrow to thoughtfully consider our nation’s role today in a world transformed by the forces of globalization.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal article    
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 months ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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