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September 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
Commonly used high school textbooks too often give students a picture of American history that is without color, passion, point or interest, a study released by the American Federation of Teachers said today. The 158-page critique by historian Paul Gagnon analyzed five books and said they neglect the role of religion in American history, give short shrift to Old World roots and fail to explore deeply the thinking of such major figures as Abraham Lincoln.
June 21, 1987
Thank you and congratulations to Channel 28 and PBS for broadcasting the Iran- contra hearings. Far from diminishing my interest, it has heightened my interest, even to canceling my other activities. As an American, I find it compelling to learn how our government has operated. This is history--American history, and extremely relevant. Gwendolyn F. Kozman, Irvine
It began when an astute federal worker was shopping on EBay and came across a treasure that should not have been for sale anywhere, much less an Internet auction house: a pardon signed by an American president. It ended Monday when a veteran employee of the National Archives was charged with stealing priceless historical treasures and selling them on the open market, including a pardon signed by Abraham Lincoln and an autographed photograph of Neil Armstrong on the moon. Shawn P.
January 20, 1991
Once more, PBS has shown "The Civil War" series and once more I watched it in its entirety. It continues to hypnotize me with its hundreds of still pictures that are woven into a fascinating and touching story of that awful war that encompassed and destroyed the lives of so many people. This series should be shown in our schools because of the lack of knowledge our young people have of American history. Frederick D. Mullen, Upland
May 15, 1987
The Gary Hart episode reveals the hypocrisy of our society more than any recent event I can think of. If every man and woman in the country who has had an extramarital affair or a non-monogamous relationship had voted for Hart in the general election he would have won by the largest landslide in American history. FRED MORAMARCO San Diego
June 11, 1989
There are book reviews and there are character assassinations, and it saddens me to find the Book Review slipping into the latter with Gail Lumet Buckley's review of Steven Corbin's "No Easy Place to Be" (Book Review, May 21). Buckley is not criticizing the book as much as airing her hatred for a fine author who has done an admirable job of re-creating a time and place in American history. ROSS H. FARLEY LOS ANGELES
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