Our own experiences and insights allow us – require us – to
reconsider the way we tell our American story. “Because
in the end, a nation’s
history must be both the guide and the domain not so much of its
historians as its citizens.” This view is diametrically
opposed to the one that disparages “revisionist history”. Schlesinger’s
view affirms Oscar Wilde’s conclusion that “the one duty
we owe to history is to rewrite it.”
Our hope is that the Time Travelers’ experience engages all
of us in the “search
to reconstruct what went before.” How do you, as teachers
of American History, engage your students in their role as citizens,
We welcome you to a shared learning adventure and encourage you
to bring your own insights and experiences to the subject matter
we explore this year: “Technology
Transforms the Northwest, 1880-1940.”
Time Travelers Project Director
click here to read the New York Times article by Arthur Schlesinger.
To help you reconcile the timeframe and geography of the events
we will cover, we have two recommendations.
- First, that you use the maps we have sent you and any other base map for
the region that you find user-friendly.
- Second, that you create a timeline with three tracks: one for the
Northwest, one for the U.S., and one for the world.
These devices create opportunities for lots of “aha!” experiences.