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Representing The Portrayal Of Pilgrims In Elementary History Textbooks And The Myth Of The Founding Of The American Nation, Cecelia L. Parks May 2012

Representing The Portrayal Of Pilgrims In Elementary History Textbooks And The Myth Of The Founding Of The American Nation, Cecelia L. Parks

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Both students and teachers consider textbooks reference sources. This accepted authority helps textbooks to persuasively establish particular myths surrounding the events discussed. This paper examines the way that Pilgrim portrayals in two popular elementary United States history textbooks construct a national myth that America is founded on ideals of tolerance, multiculturalism, and freedom. Three elements of the Pilgrims’ story, the First Thanksgiving, Pilgrim-Native American relations, and the Pilgrims’ American ideals, represent Pilgrims as hard-working people who came to America to find religious freedom and found a society based on democratic ideals. Such accounts suggest that Pilgrims lived harmoniously with Native ...