Writing the history texts: What is history?


History textbook controversies abound, really. Just a list to pull some sources together:

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6 Responses to Writing the history texts: What is history?

  1. And I don’t remember the Secret Service doing anything about the NRO website openly calling for a military coup to “take care of the Obama problem.”

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  2. Jim says:

    The use of imprecatory Psalms in Scripture, for instance?

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  3. Ellie says:

    “I think you will find
    When your death takes its toll
    All the money you made
    Will never buy back your soul.”

    Very Biblical that, isn’t it? “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” Luke 12:20

    I suppose it could be taken as a threat, but wishing someone would die soon isn’t really the same as threatening them, unless you believe in black magic. It’s certainly less threatening than say….Pat Robert$on wishing a bomb would drop on D.C. The Secret Service didn’t do anything about that IIRC.

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  4. This is the end of “Masters of War.” It’s link to Bush is what?

    Let me ask you one question
    Is your money that good
    Will it buy you forgiveness
    Do you think that it could
    I think you will find
    When your death takes its toll
    All the money you made
    Will never buy back your soul.

    And I hope that you die
    And your death’ll come soon
    I will follow your casket
    In the pale afternoon
    And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
    Down to your deathbed
    And I’ll stand over your grave
    ‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.

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  5. Ed Darrell says:

    But some students and adults who heard the band rehearse called a radio talk show Thursday morning, saying the song the band sang ended with a call for President Bush to die.

    Hmmm. Dylan wrote the song over the winter of 1962-63. He called for President Bush to die?

    I mean, I knew some people regarded him as a bit of a prophet, but that’s pretty good, to predict in 1962, before George H. W. Bush had ever been elected to Congress, that George W. Bush would one day be president.

    George W. Bush was 16 when Dylan wrote the song. Maybe he was a particularly vexing teenager, eh?

    Can the FBI read a calendar?

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  6. bernarda says:

    Here is a report from the not so distant past. Students investigated by the Secret Service for trying to sing a Bob Dylan song from more than 40 years ago.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/Story?id=247437&page=1

    “The students told ABC News affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver they are performing Bob Dylan’s song “Masters of War” during the Boulder High School Talent Exposé because they are Dylan fans. They said they want to express their views and show off their musical abilities.

    But some students and adults who heard the band rehearse called a radio talk show Thursday morning, saying the song the band sang ended with a call for President Bush to die.

    Threatening the president is a federal crime, so the Secret Service was called to the school to investigate. ”

    So is Dylan now to be banned? Then what about Pete Seeger with “Bring em home”?

    Or Country Joe with “I feel like I’m fixin to die” or “Cakewalk to Bagdad”?

    Wingnuts will stop at nothing.

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