A Discussion of Teaching History IB Topics That Are in the American PastThe paper I've read on teaching history IB topics that are in the American past is very full. A lot of that paper was devoted to the themes of discovery and independence of the United States from the British. In addition, they also went into the reasons why the English colonies were made to leave.
There was a lot of conjecture in this paper as to the reason why these scholars ponder the topic. The findings are varied, but one that is observed is that the British were very adamant in taking their colonies back. They did not think it necessary to allow an independent nation to exist in the Americas.
Scholars were not really sure what motivated them. One point that the paper noted was that they saw their actions as being because they needed to have a presence in the eastern part of the world. They feared a fast development of the French and Spanish colonial powers and wanted to keep them out. At the same time, they wanted the Indians and the slaves to be able to work for them.
The British thought that the money they made in the beginning of the colonies was going to be the key to keep them from getting out of that big business. On the other hand, they understood that if the Americans were independent, they would soon be able to own what they needed. Thus, they decided to control them.
They viewed the future independence of the United States as a threat. It could not be allowed, because then the British could easily take the remaining Indian lands, as well as the slaves. The United States was also full of Christians, thus there would be no room for an independent state.
It seems that the paper has gone into more history topics than I can list here. One of the interesting observations they had was that when we have slavery, then it can be far easier to develop the ability to defend ourselves. One of the strong points they had was that the Indians understood how to fight. They were not cowboys as they were thought.
This also explains why they were able to live side by side with the Indians, as they understood each other's culture. These writings were actually very impressive in the end. One of the weaknesses that were noted was that these were not necessarily written by Native Americans, but instead by whites.
One of the things that I found in the paper was that this is a subject that's way too long, but at the same time, I think that it is still good enough for a Cram Class. The fact that this is going into history classes is probably better than some subjects. For this reason, I don't recommend getting it, but I certainly encourage you to read it, especially if you're interested in how history is taught in our classrooms.