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Slanting History for the Children on the War on Terror

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Isn’t that the sort of myopia historical study is supposed to gird us against?
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A high school history textbook taught America's millennial generation that the threat of terrorism 'can be eliminated, the Patriot Act was uncontroversial and Iraq had weapons of mass destruction,' reports The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf. The 2003 edition of 'The American Vision' by professors Joyce Appleby, Alan Brinkley, Albert Broussard, James McPhereson and Donald Ritchie, is one of the most popular textbooks used in 11th grade American history courses in the last decade, and a 'time-capsule for prevailing attitudes right after the attacks,' Friedersdorf writes. Curious to see how historians represented events he witnessed as an adult, Friedersdorf began his reading with the book's final chapter, titled 'The War on Terror.' The first paragraph Friedersdorf read skewed figures relating casualties of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with...

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