RealClearPublicAffairs, a website “designed to provide coverage of important and trending public policy issues,” created the 1776 Series to educate America’s citizens in the “principles and practice” of the American experience. Toward that end, the editors commission original essays composed by “distinguished historians and scholars.” In the most recent installment in the series, Mary Grabar writes on “Howard Zinn’s Assault on Historians and American Principles.”
Dr. Grabar, Resident Fellow of The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, discerns more than passing connections—indeed, a kind of lineal descent—between Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and the New York Times infamous 1619 Project. “Traditional history writing,” she observes, “values learning from the past and engaging in fair debate. A People’s History and the 1619 Project not only teach a false history but also make students cynical about their country, about historical truth, and about the possibility of reasoned debate.” Nothing less than a titanic struggle is taking place for control of the American mind, between those who would replace an ever evolving, reasoned narrative of American history with a radically ideological screed.
Dr. Grabar is the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America, which reached best-seller status on Amazon.