Call for Entries: "Encyclopedia of Oft-Altered, Oft-Misrepresented, and Generally Misunderstood People, Events, and Ideas in American History"
TextbookCheck.com is preparing an encyclopedia of U.S. history (for both online and print publication), with an emphasis on concepts that scholars feel are misunderstood, commonly skewed, flat-out wrong, omitted entirely, or otherwise in need of brushing up in today’s high school or university history textbooks.
For each title, the scholar might ask, "How is this person, event, or idea commonly misunderstood or misconstrued? What are some of the most common misperceptions associated with this person, event, or idea?" The idea is to present the other side of history, in the spirit of Thomas E. Woods' "The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History", or the works of Larry Schweikart ("A Patriot's History of the United States"), James Loewen ("Lies My Teacher Told Me"), Tim Weiner ("Legacy of Ashes"), and Thomas DiLorenzo ("Hamilton's Curse"), to name a few. Despite the impression some textbooks communicate to students, history is not black and white; much continues to be debated.
Entries corresponding to regular titles (those NOT starred) are to be between 150 and 800 words in length. Entries corresponding to special titles (those WITH a star) must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. Titles are listed here: http://www.textbookcheck.com/encyclopedia_titles/
If interested in composing an entry, please respond by email with your name, title, affiliated institution, and desired title(s).
In turn, you will receive a simple form (a Word document as an email attachment) on which to write your entry/entries, to be emailed back once completed.
Scholars will, of course, be given full attribution for work contributed.
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