The mainstream press is beginning to notice the protest lodged by about 100 historians (expanded from an initial 55) against the College Board’s revisionist AP U.S. history course. (I’ll review some of the new signatories in a forthcoming post.) Daniel Henninger has a spectacular takedown of the College Boards new history framework at today’s WSJ. And The Washington Post is now covering the controversy with a piece by Valerie Strauss.
To her credit, Strauss publishes the entire scholars’ statement, along with the list of signatories. Yet this is preceded by outdated comments on the controversy by historian James McPherson, comments that don’t address the arguments set forth in the new statement. I haven’t seen a single American historian offer a substantive reply to the scholars’ statement.
If you would like to be considered as an additional signatory of the statement, you can apply here. Signatories should be academic historians, scholars in closely allied disciplines, or independent scholars who have an established record of relevant publications. Recognizing that it requires courage to do so, AP U.S. history teachers are also welcome to become signatories, as several already have.