Aug 17, 2017
Teaching American History to Americans

“You know, Mayor Pugh, the Civil War ended in 1865. One hundred years later in August of 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act in America – 100 years. And the statues now are coming down in specific cities: Baltimore, Charlottesville. But it strikes me, and I’m wondering if it strikes you, that it’s an amazing indictment of how we do not teach American history – what really happened in this country – to grammar school students, high school students, college students, and American adults. We don’t teach our own history,” comments Morning Joe senior contributor Mike Barnicle to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh during a conversation about the lack of knowledge and understanding of Americans of their own country’s history. Listen to Pugh’s thoughts about how moving the country forward requires a focus on equality and inclusiveness.