Morale, success, and triumph. This is the story of pulled-up-by-the-bootstraps America, a nation with many formally distinct subsets. So why does everyone tell the same narrative?
The United States National Anthem: “Star-Spangled Banner”
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Berkin, Carol. “Examining Reconstruction.” History Now. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2019. https://www.gilderlehrman.org/history-now?destination=node/79103.
Herbold, Hilary. “Never a Level Playing Field: Blacks and the GI Bill.” The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, December 31, 1994, 104–8. http://ccl.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ccl.idm.oclc.org/docview/89307388?accountid=10141.
Higgs, Robert. “Government and the Economy since World War II.” Government and the Economy since World War II. Oakland, CA: The Independent Institute, 2005.
Kertscher, Tom. “Fact-Check: They Signed the Declaration of Independence – but Nearly Three-Quarters Also Owned Slaves.” Chicago Sun-Times, September 10, 2019. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/9/10/20859458/fact-check-declaration-independence-slaves-trumbull-painting-arlen-parsa.
Marwick, Arthur. “The Cultural Revolution of the Long Sixties: Voices of Reaction, Protest, and Permeation.” The International History Review 27, no. 4 (December 2005): 780–806. https://www-jstor-org.ccl.idm.oclc.org/stable/40109676?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents.
Officer, Lawrence, and Samuel H Williamson. “The Antebellum Slave Trade: Numbers and Impact on the Balance of Payments.” The Antebellum Slave Trade: Numbers and Impact on the Balance of Payments. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 2013.
“Research Starters: The Draft and World War II: The National WWII Museum: New Orleans.” The National WWII Museum | New Orleans, n.d.. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/students-teachers/student-resources/research-starters/draft-and-wwii.
Sawchuk, Stephen. “How History Class Divides Us.” Education Week 38, no. 10 (October 23, 2018): 12–15. https://www.edweek.org/ew/projects/how-history-class-divides-us.html.
September 1, 1945: Announcing the Surrender of Japan. September 1, 1945: Announcing the Surrender of Japan. Miller Center, n.d. https://millercenter.org/the-presidency/presidential-speeches/september-1-1945-announcing-surrender-japan.
Shuster, Kate. “Teaching Hard History: American Slavery.” Teaching Hard History: American Slavery. Southern Poverty Law Center, 2018. https://www.splcenter.org/20180131/teaching-hard-history.
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The United States. Elementary And Secondary Education Act of 1965 : H. R. 2362, 89th Cong., 1st Sess., Public Law 89-10. Reports, Bills, Debate, and Act. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1965.
“What Are the State’s Course Requirements for High School Graduation?” High School Graduation Requirements. Education Commission of the States, February 2019. https://c0arw235.caspio.com/dp/b7f930000e16e10a822c47b3baa2.
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Music and Videos
CNN. “Trump’s July 4th speech heavy on history and military praise.” YouTube video, 10:30. Jul 4, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hhr4DyUXxk0.
PeriscopeFilm. “Crusaders of the Sky – World War I 22660.” YouTube video, 10:02. Aug 9, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4UU2mECcJM&list=PLqqqqZrD37h52u18MJYiSZWCCCyAg9vLH&index=2.
PeriscopeFilm. “SERVICE WITH THE COLORS – 1940 U.S. Army Recruiting Film 2649.” YouTube video, 20:38. Nov 2, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErGPOGRBT-c&feature=youtu.be&t=40.
Smooth Sounds. “[Electro Swing] Wat Dat Dee [No Copyright Music].” YouTube video, 3:20. May 27, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIpvosIjsl4&index=60&list=PLlAcN6CqhHBQJ6loV0WTixw1KoJKM5_mS.
SullenToys.com. “Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963.” YouTube video, 17:28. Jan 20, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs&feature=youtu.be&t=144.
TheSpearshaker1776. “American Revolutionary War Ballad: Free America.” YouTube video, 2:22. Feb 20, 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Q5ZwBgGaA&feature=youtu.be&t=19. TheLBJLibrary. “Signing of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 4/11/65.” YouTube video, 6:46. Aug 30, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Q5ZwBgGaA&feature=youtu.be&t=19.