Does History Matter?

This question may seem rhetorical, but it’s not. Seriously, why does history matter?

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If you’re paying attention, you’ve seen that people can’t seem to make up their minds…the Republican nominee for President, Donald Trump, dismissed his gross statements about sexual assaulting women as “11 years ago” in an attempt to render them non existent by time.

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The director of the recently released, “Birth of a Nation” Nate Parker, has made a film that he claims is necessary to bring the horrid truth of slavery to the forefront of our current american culture because the past matters. Yet he dismisses his own Rape trial as irrelevant because it was “17 years ago” See slate article below:

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2016/09/nate_parker_s_sexual_assault_trial_and_the_quest_to_confront_the_dark_side.html

So which is it? Does history matter or not?

The Red Scare and Fear as Control

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Fear is indeed a tool of political control.  The question is the degree to which the marketing of fear and subsequent exploitation is purposeful.

There are some very famous examples of purposeful exploitation of fear for political control and personal gain.  I’m sure Hitler comes to mind, as he should. However after this learning activity, two more should come to mind.

Download and complete the learning helper below and be ready to discuss at length next class!

Red Scare and Fear as Control