Felipe Fernandez-Armesto proposes a different approach to the study of United States history. What does this author say is limiting about our traditional ways of teaching and reading about US history?

From the book Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. (Chapter 1 to 3)What does this author say is limiting about our traditional ways of teaching and reading about US history? What kinds of problems can an exclusively-British focus cause? What alternative does he propose?

 

In the United States, we often learn early American history from the perspectives and experiences of the British settlers – following them from their first journeys to the Americas, to the establishment of English colonies, through the American Revolution and early republic. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto proposes a different approach to the study of United States history. What does this author say is limiting about our traditional ways of teaching and reading about US history?

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What kinds of problems can an exclusively-British focus cause? What alternative does he propose? Finally, choose an example of story from the book and explain how, in your view, the author succeeds (or not) in his goals and describe how students of history can benefit from books like Our America. Remember to include an introduction, complete with a thesis statement, and a conclusion, which briefly restates your arguments and highlights the larger importance of your findings. Be sure to use a few quotes to substantiate your arguments. Always cite all direct quotes and paraphrases from the works of others. Include a Works Cited page. Your paper must be double-spaced, use 12-point type, Times New Roman font, and standard margins.

 

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