Book ReviewLifestyleVOLUME 15 ISSUE # 21

Whose America?

What do America’s children learn about American history, American values, and human decency? Who decides? In this ab-sorbing book, Jonathan Zimmerman tells the dramatic story of conflict, compromise, and more conflict over the teaching of his-tory and morality in twentieth-century Amer-ica. In history, whose stories are told, and how? As Zimmerman reveals, multicultural-ism began long ago. Starting in the 1920s, various immigrant groups–the Irish, the Ger-mans, the Italians, even the newly arrived Eastern European Jews–urged school systems and textbook publishers to include their stories in the teaching of American history. The civil rights movement of the 1960s and 70s brought similar criticism of the white version of American history.