Why American History Whitewashes Radical Figures

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This week’s video is about the imperialist practice of whitewashing and revising the histories of radical figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thomas Paine. Why do American history books leave out so much of King’s activism? Come find out!

Further Reading:

MLK:
https://inthesetimes.com/article/martin-luther-king-jr-day-socialism-capitalism
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40015109?seq=1
https://progressivesoutherntheologians.com/news/2019/4/7/mlk-and-marxism

Thomas Paine:
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/03/thomas-paine-american-revolution-common-sense/
https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/paine/
https://www.sjsu.edu/people/ruma.chopra/courses/H174_MW_F12/s1/Wk7_A.pdf
http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/documents/1786-1800/thomas-paine-the-rights-of-man/text.php

Albert Einstein:
https://www.fmf.uni-lj.si/storage/35099/Einstein%20on%20Why%20Socialism.pdf?access=28753d2d6538353acbfa1b728a8ba5fd
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_views_of_Albert_Einstein#Socialism

Rosa Parks:
https://jacobinmag.com/2013/03/the-forgotten-rosa-parks/
https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/50846/Rosa+Parks+A+radical+civil+rights+activist+who+fought+tirelessly
https://www.socialistalternative.org/2016/11/16/60th-anniversary-montgomery-bus-boycott-struggle-sparked-civil-rights-movement/

George Orwell:
https://thewire.in/books/remembering-george-orwell-the-socialist
https://news.stanford.edu/2016/02/16/orwell-alex-woloch-021516/
https://jacobinmag.com/2018/06/george-orwell-birthday-politics-socialism

John Steinbeck:
https://scholarworks.uvm.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1116&context=graddis
https://www.jstor.org/stable/3235404?seq=1

Helen Keller:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller#:~:text=Keller%20was%20a%20member%20of,causes%20that%20opposed%20military%20intervention.
https://isreview.org/issue/96/politics-helen-keller
https://www.workers.org/2016/03/24250/

Pablo Picasso:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Picasso#Political_views
http://pubs.socialistreviewindex.org.uk/sr204/picasso.htm

Nelson Mandela:
https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/mandela-and-south-african-communist-party
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/12/the-two-mandelas

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