Thursday, July 07, 2011

What will you teach next September 11?

Tenth anniversaries -- so artificial, so lacking in real meaning.  The event now undeniably disappearing into the past, but hardly yet achieving the remoteness that allows critical dispassion.  Yes, the tenth anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade Centre towers in 2001 is fast approaching.  What will historians do, back in their classrooms a couple of months hence, when it's all in the news again?

The Organization of American Historians takes the question head-on in its Magazine of History with a wide range of historians of contemporary America pondering how and what to teach when you teach 9/11.  The magazine is not open access online, but Mary Dudziak provides an overview and suggests ways in.
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