The Pilgrims introduced Thanksgiving.  Northern states opposed slavery.  The Civil Rights Movement ended segregation.   None of these statements is correct and yet all continue to be taught as historical truth.  Where do these false narratives come from?  Why do they persist and why do we continue to believe them, even when evidence clearly demonstrates their falsehood?  Why, as a nation, do we put forward such simplistic and incorrect narratives and repeatedly teach them, even when such stories feel irrelevant and boring to many skeptical students?  This 200-level Learning Community will use the lens of history and literature to explore historical narratives, while unpacking some of the nation's primary myths in order to reveal their political, social, and cultural functions.  Prerequisites: ENG 102 (concurrent)/Any History Course.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040