Several important pieces of history are missing from many modern textbooks disrespecting the history of blacks and women. Many of our Founding Fathers and Revolutionary heroes were women and black men. But we hear little about that.
· In some states, blacks were voting well before 1965. State constitutions protecting voting rights for blacks included those of Delaware (1776), Maryland (1776), New Hampshire (1784), and New York (1777). (Constitution signer Rufus King declared that in New York, “a citizen of color was entitled to all the privileges of a citizen. . . . [and] entitled to vote.”) Pennsylvania also extended such rights in her 1776 constitution, as did Massachusetts in her 1780 constitution.
· Joseph Hayne Rainey, a black man, served in the House Of Representatives from 1870–1879. He was a Republican representing his State of South Carolina. In fact we had several black representatives, and revolutionary heroes.
· A heroic African American rode with Paul Revere that famous night. He is found in the older documents, but now written out of the history books. His name is Wentworth Cheswell
· Between 1775 and 1807, the state constitution Of New Jersey permitted all persons worth over fifty pounds to vote. Free blacks and single women were technically enfranchised under this provision. In 1870 the 15th Amendment was passed that gave former slaves the right to vote. It was education and the ability to read that advanced voting rights proving the importance of a good education.
· Some of our Founding fathers participated in the underground railroad to free slaves.
We have all heard about Paul Revere, George Washington, and Patric Henery...all whte men. But what about the many women who were Revolutionary heroes... women like Abagail Adams, Esther Reed, Rebecca Motte, and many others? What about the many black revolutionary heroes... men like Phillip Abbot, Jack Arabus, and many more?
· Does it not seem strange to you that these important people are not in our history text books today. What happened to the truth?
That is a most interesting story. Many changes took place after the passing of our Founding Fathers. But, major changes began under Woodrow Wilson, who established the Federal Reserve, attempted the League Of Nations (a precursor to the United Nations), and implemented the 16th and 17th amendments. He believed in segregation and that blacks were inferior. Woodrow Wilson ousted all of the elected black leaders in government, and began a powerful movement to rewrite history. There was a large uprising of public objections. He was not a popular President. Yet that is not in modern text books either.
To Learn and teach the history of American Freedom, we have a series of videos with Judge Napolitano,a Constitutional Attorney, explaining the history of American Freedom.
To Learn and teach the Constitution, we have six videos with Judge Napolitano,a Constitutional Attorney, explaining the Constitution.
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Just a fun note: "Ring Around The Phonics" has proved to be a very versatile teaching tool, but, as far as we know, no one has used it to teach history. :-) If you have, please let us know.
"The Forgotten Man" by Amity Shlaes is a very popular book with great reviews. It is an insight into how history is repeating itself today because we have forgotten the economic truths learned from history.
Note: There are 10 DVDs in the American Heritage package.
1. Why History Matters - Unearthing America's Christian Foundation: Parts 1 & 2
2. The Faith of Our Founding Fathers: Parts 1 & 2
3. The Ideas that Birthed a Nation, Our Biblical Constitution, Is America a "Christian Nation?"
4. Church, State and the Real 1st Amendment: Parts 1 & 2
5. Influence of the Bible in America, How Pastors Shaped Our Independence: Parts 1 & 2
6. When Religion Was Culture, Faith in Our Early Courts, Myths of the Judiciary
7. Evidence of America's Spiritual Heritage: Parts 1, 2, & 3
8. Four Centuries of American Education: Parts 1 & 2
9. Great Black Patriots, From Bondage to the Halls of Congress, The Civil Rights Movement
10. The Assault on Judeo-Christian Values, The Duty of a Free Citizen
"American History In Black And White" by David Barton is a very popular book that restores dignity back to both black and white people of the U.S. The truth will amaze you.
If think you might like this curriculum, you are welcome to have a taste by viewing some free videos by David Barton on our site.