AP student accuses new US history text of being blatantly disrespectful anti-Trump propaganda
A new Advanced Placement American history textbook is raising red flags because of its anti-Trump language and its suggestion that Trump supporters are racist.
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By the People: A History of the United States is the newest edition of a Pearson Education history book that could be made available to high school students if school districts opt to use it.
The book has not yet been distributed to students but has been introduced to teachers to see if they would want to use it as part of their curriculum in the next couple of years.
Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota saw a sample copy of the book sent to her high school history teacher and snapped an image of its material.
She told CBN News why she decided to share the image on social media.
“I know people all over the country are supporters of the conservative part and to say that they are all one-sided and they are all white, suburban and rural and they wouldn’t vote for Hillary because she was a woman, and they were nostalgic for an earlier time, I think they were completely out of line,” she said.
In the book’s final section, titled “The Angry Election of 2016,” the author, New York University Prof. James W. Fraser, compares Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters.
“Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country,” it reads. “They also worried about the mental instability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.”
“Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not-very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters,” it continues.
The book goes on to describe the demographic of those voters.
“Trump’s supporters saw the vote as a victory for people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing America – a mostly older, often rural or suburban, an overwhelmingly white group,” the sample copy reads.
Fraser said he wrote the book to “help make US History courses more lively,” according to his NYU bio page.