I believe in lifelong learning. So I have been collecting a reading list to give myself some historical context as an antidote to the deep disturbance I feel by the trends I see in my national discourse. Possibly I am extra sensitive to the power that rhetoric can have in society because my ancestors fled Germany during WWII. But I try to maintain hope amid the disbelief I have at some statements I am hearing (and the public support I see for those statements) that go beyond an issue of “political correctness.” It’s an issue of humanness.
Along those lines, I encountered a most powerful TED talk.
Reading list including people not in my American history books. If you click on the images, it should take you to a link. Then again, there’s always the library.
I could not believe I had never heard of this person:
A Pulitzer winner:
Then there’s a whole slew of women authors coming out with historical analysis of how social programs that were thought to be helpful actually contributed to what we see today.