I am not a fan of Chris Matthews, but last night’s interview with radio talk show host Kevin James on Bush’s use of the Neville Chamberlain/appeasement analogy in a speech in Israel is perfect for the classroom. As I’ve said on numerous occasions I fervently believe that knowledge of the past can inform our understanding of the world around us. It’s what drives me in the classroom. Unfortunately, there are too many people out there who rely on their personalities and hyperbole as a substitute for sound analysis. Chris gave this clown every opportunity to explain the concept of appeasement, but rather than admit his ignorance James kept digging himself into a deeper hole. Sometimes yelling and screaming at the top of your lungs is not sufficient. Show this to your classes and ask your students to think about what type of advocate they hope to be.
A Teachable Moment
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History