Though the number of mentions of the word “slavery” remains roughly the same, the new document significantly alters the original framework’s tone around slavery, racism, and Native American relations. Passages that previously cited racial attitudes, stereotyping, and white superiority in early American history have been rewritten or deleted, and some passages that previously implicated early European colonists in racism and aiding in destructive Native American warfare have been softened and replaced with more passive language.
The first national salvo in the fight caught many off guard. Exactly one year ago next week, members of the Republican National Committee gathered for a regularly scheduled meeting, and took up a fairly obscure resolution: RNC activists
Perhaps the vote shouldn’t have come as too big of a surprise – in far-right circles, the complaints about AP history courses have been loud and frequent. By
, Republican officials in as many as six states “attempted to crudely politicize our past” by going after the curriculum. In Oklahoma, some lawmakers voted to
Now, after nearly a year of uproar, the College Board, the group that writes the AP exam, has made major changes to the framework – and it’s won conservatives over, in part by putting less emphasis on racism. The earlier frameworks, before the 2014 version, had been a long list of events in American history. The goal of last year’s framework was to replace that with a more coherent, specific narrative of American history, framed by a few central questions. The new version has abandoned part of that sweeping narrative, getting more specific in some areas and toning down some of its most stark historical judgments.