Texas Creates '1836 Project' to Promote 'Patriotic Education' and 'Christian Heritage'

  

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By:   Peter Montgomery (Right Wing Watch)

Texas Creates '1836 Project' to Promote 'Patriotic Education' and 'Christian Heritage'
In the latest move in a wave of right-wing reaction against teaching about racism in American history, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation Monday

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In the latest move in a wave of right-wing reaction against teaching about racism in American history, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation Monday establishing the "1836 Project," an advisory committee that he said will promote "patriotic education" and ensure that future generations understand Texas values. The legislation requires the project to promote the state's "Christian heritage."

In May, New York Times correspondent Simon Romero noted a "flurry" of proposed measures in Texas that would amount to "some of the most aggressive efforts to control the teaching of American history" as "nearly a dozen other Republican-led states seek to ban or limit how the role of slavery and pervasive effects of racism can be taught." The "1836 Project" is an apparent response to The New York Times' longform journalism project, "The 1619 Project," which examines U.S. history from 1619, the date of the first ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in colonial Virginia, and explores how the system of slavery shaped the nation's history.

According to a report by Austin's KAMR and KCIT, the 1836 Project will initially focus on parks, museums, and landmarks, but some teachers are concerned about the impact it will eventually have on curriculum and classroom teaching.

"To keep Texas the best state in the United States of America, we must never forget why Texas became so exceptional in the first place," Abbott said during the signing ceremony. Under the law, every newcomer to Texas who applies for a driver's license will get an official pamphlet that "outlines Texas's rich history as well as the principles that make Texas, Texas." It also establishes an award that will recognize students' knowledge of the "founding documents" of Texas history.

Historian Seth Cotlar was among those who responded to Abbott's signing statement with posts about the state's history of encouraging settlement by slave owners and its decision to secede from the Union in response to northern states' hostility to the "beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery."

Given the long history of organized efforts to imbue Texas textbooks with right-wing political ideology and the current right-wing propaganda campaign against "critical race theory," it seems likely that this committee will be a vehicle to advance those ideas, though the legislation creating the project does give a nod to a broader perspective. It calls for the project to "promote awareness among residents of this state of the following as they relate to the history of prosperity and democratic freedom in this state":


(A) Texas history, including the indigenous peoples of this state, the Spanish and Mexican heritage of this state, Tejanos, the African-American heritage of this state, the Texas War for Independence, Juneteenth, annexation of Texas by the United States, the Christian heritage of this state, and this state's heritage of keeping and bearing firearms in defense of life and liberty and for use in hunting;

(B) the founding documents of this state;

(C) the founders of this state;

(D) state civics; and

(E) the role of this state in passing and reauthorizing the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Section 10101 et seq.), highlighting:

(i) President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the act;

(ii) President George W. Bush's 25-year extension of the act; and

(iii) Congresswoman Barbara Jordan's successful efforts to broaden the act to include Spanish-speaking communities;

The governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the state House of Representatives are each empowered to appoint three members for two-year terms to the project's advisory board, which the legislation says will be "reflective of the diversity of the state." Right Wing Watch will report the 1836 Project's initial advisory committee members when they are named.

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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    one week ago
Historian Seth Cotlar was among those who responded to Abbott's signing statement with posts about the state's history of encouraging settlement by slave owners and its decision to secede from the Union in response to northern states' hostility to the "beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery." Given the long history of organized efforts to imbue Texas textbooks with right-wing political ideology and the current right-wing propaganda campaign against "critical race theory," it seems likely that this committee will be a vehicle to advance those ideas, though the legislation creating the project does give a nod to a broader perspective.
 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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1.1  XXJefferson51  replied to  JohnRussell @1    one week ago

Texas gets it right again!  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.1    one week ago
Adam Serwer 
@AdamSerwer
The Constitution of the Republic of Texas enshrined slavery, banned the manumission of enslaved people, and barred black people and native americans from citizenship. You could not try harder to make the 1619 Project's argument for them
 
 
 
Tessylo
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2  Tessylo    one week ago

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JohnRussell
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3  seeder  JohnRussell    one week ago

To kick off this wonderful history project,  let me offer some excerpts from the Texas declaration of secession

DECLARATION OF CAUSES: February 2, 1861
A declaration of the causes which impel the State of Texas to secede from the Federal Union.
 


....Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated States to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility [sic] and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings.

She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery--the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits--a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.

The Federal Government, while but partially under the control of these our unnatural and sectional enemies, has for years almost entirely failed to protect the lives and property of the people of Texas against the Indian savages on our border, and more recently against the murderous forays of banditti from the neighboring territory of Mexico; and when our State government has expended large amounts for such purpose, the Federal Government has refused reimbursement therefor, thus rendering our condition more insecure and harrassing than it was during the existence of the Republic of Texas.

In all the non-slave-holding States, in violation of that good faith and comity which should exist between entirely distinct nations, the people have formed themselves into a great sectional party, now strong enough in numbers to control the affairs of each of those States, based upon the unnatural feeling of hostility to these Southern States and their beneficent and patriarchal system of African slavery, proclaiming the debasing doctrine of the equality of all men, irrespective of race or color--a doctrine at war with nature, in opposition to the experience of mankind, and in violation of the plainest revelations of the Divine Law. They demand the abolition of negro slavery throughout the confederacy, the recognition of political equality between the white and the negro races, and avow their determination to press on their crusade against us, so long as a negro slave remains in these States.

.....We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding States.

By the secession of six of the slave-holding States, and the certainty that others will speedily do likewise, Texas has no alternative but to remain in an isolated connection with the North, or unite her destinies with the South.

For these and other reasons, solemnly asserting that the federal constitution has been violated and virtually abrogated by the several States named, seeing that the federal government is now passing under the control of our enemies to be diverted from the exalted objects of its creation to those of oppression and wrong, and realizing that our own State can no longer look for protection, but to God and her own sons--We the delegates of the people of Texas, in Convention assembled, have passed an ordinance dissolving all political connection with the government of the United States of America and the people thereof and confidently appeal to the intelligence and patriotism of the freemen of Texas to ratify the same at the ballot box, on the 23rd day of the present month.

Adopted in Convention on the 2nd day of Feby, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one and of the independence of Texas the twenty-fifth.

SOURCE:
Winkler, Ernest William, ed. Journal of the Secession Convention of Texas 1861, Edited From the Original in the Department of State.... Austin: Texas Library and Historical Commission, 1912, pp. 61-65.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one week ago

and that folks is my contribution to the Texas ' 1836 Project. No need for them to thank me. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.2  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @3    one week ago

What's all the word salad have to due with the present?  How is teaching a corrupted and controversial interpretation of history of any value to today's students, when the grades and scores continue to fall behind those of other developed nations. It appears anyone who promotes this bigoted pap wants to further divide the people.

 
 
 
Krishna
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4  Krishna    one week ago

Texas Creates '1836 Project' To Promote 'Patriotic Education' And 'Christian Heritage'

I'm sure that will be greatly appreciated by America's Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Indians...and especially by America's Atheists, Agnostics, etc., etc!

/sarcasm

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
4.1  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @4    one week ago

One nation, under God, with Liberty and Justice...for some!

(But not for others...at least in states run by the MAGA-idiots, such as Texas, Florida, etc, etc)

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Guide
5  Sean Treacy    one week ago
hough the legislation creating the project does give a nod to a broader perspective.

Whoops.  Undermines the whole tenor of this far left hit piece.

The last thing CRT or it's proponents want is any sort of broad perspective.  

 
 
 
Krishna
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5.1  Krishna  replied to  Sean Treacy @5    one week ago
Whoops.  Undermines the whole tenor of this far left hit piece.

Why do you assume that so many religious folks (devout Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, American Indians, etc, etc), are all "Far Leftists"?

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Guide
5.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  Krishna @5.1    one week ago
sume that so many religious folks (devout Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, American Indians, etc, etc), are all "Far Leftists"?

Why do make up things? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @5    one week ago

I must have missed the section in this list

 It calls for the project to "promote awareness among residents of this state of the following as they relate to the history of prosperity and democratic freedom in this state":
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(A) Texas history, including the indigenous peoples of this state, the Spanish and Mexican heritage of this state, Tejanos, the African-American heritage of this state, the Texas War for Independence, Juneteenth, annexation of Texas by the United States, the Christian heritage of this state, and this state's heritage of keeping and bearing firearms in defense of life and liberty and for use in hunting;

(B) the founding documents of this state;

(C) the founders of this state;

(D) state civics; and

(E) the role of this state in passing and reauthorizing the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Section 10101 et seq.), highlighting:

(i) President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the act;

(ii) President George W. Bush's 25-year extension of the act; and

(iii) Congresswoman Barbara Jordan's successful efforts to broaden the act to include Spanish-speaking communities;

that refers to the Texas legislature saying this in 1861 (well after 1836)

We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations;

Probably just an oversight, right? 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  JohnRussell @5.2    one week ago

Looking at the list , it seems they want to acknowledge slavery ended (Juneteenth) without ever acknowledging that they perpetrated it. But even worse, they dont intend to acknowledge that Texas itself claimed to be founded on white supremacy. 

Sean, are they going to teach that in the 1836 Project, or not? 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5.2.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @5.2.1    one week ago

So in your fantasy version of this, Texas will emphasize freeing the slaves, but ignore the existence of slavery and the Civil War? That's what you imagine this law will force Texans to be taught?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
5.2.3  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.2.2    one week ago

The document that severed Texas tie with the Union in 1861 is a big part of Texas history, no? 

In that document Texas virtually brags about the fact that Texas was founded on the basis of white supremacy . When (not if) the 1836 Project leaves that inconvenient fact out of their material, how will the 1836 Project be any more honest than what you believe the 1619 Project to be? 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Guide
5.2.4  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @5.2.3    one week ago

You should read the actual law.

Talk about a tempest in a tea pot.

All this project will do is create a pamphlet to be given to new Texans at the DMV. 

That's about it. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.2.5  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.2.4    one week ago
CHAPTER 451. TEXAS 1836 PROJECT
         Sec. 451.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "1836 Project" means the advisory committee
  established under this chapter.
               (2)  "Patriotic education" includes the:
                     (A)  presentation of the history of this state's
  founding and foundational principles;
                     (B)  examination of how this state has grown
  closer to those principles throughout its history; and
                     (C)  explanation of why commitment to those
  principles is beneficial and justified.

"1836 Project" is in the official name of the bill. Are you trying to say there is no project but just a thing where a few platitudes will be passed on to those with new drivers licenses? 

Did they name it the "1836 Project" just to throw shade at the "1619 Project"? I suppose thats possible but I have a feeling there is going to be more to it than just a pamphlet at the DMV. 

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             (2)  "Patriotic education" includes the:
                   (A)  presentation of the history of this state's
founding and foundational principles;

========================

The state was founded on the principle of white supremacy . The Texas legislature told us that in 1861, so I assume that will be in the pamphlet. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Guide
5.2.6  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @5.2.5    one week ago
pose thats possible but I have a feeling there is going to be more to it than just a pamphlet at the DMV. 

The law authorizes a pamphlet to be made. That's it.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
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5.2.7  r.t..b...  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.2.6    one week ago

Isn’t that enough? 

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
6  Ender    one week ago
(E) the role of this state in passing and reauthorizing the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 (52 U.S.C. Section 10101 et seq.), highlighting:

(i) President Lyndon B. Johnson's signing of the act;

(ii) President George W. Bush's 25-year extension of the act; and

(iii) Congresswoman Barbara Jordan's successful efforts to broaden the act to include Spanish-speaking communities;

Funny they don't mention the supreme court gutting it.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
7  Kavika     one week ago

I wonder if this information will be taught or in the handouts, pamphlets or how every they are going to disseminate this historical information.

A good deal of recent research has been applied to killings of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in South Texas, especially during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). Among the best books about this brutal period is “The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas” by Monica Muñoz Martinez. Another powerful book that expands on Muñoz Martinez’s subject and links events such as the Porvenir Massacre in West Texas in 1918 with the Sherman Courthouse Riot in North Texas in 1930 is “Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers” by Doug Swanson.

There is another that they should cover as well, ''The Lynching in Texas Project.''

A fine bunch of Christians all.

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Principal
8  Hallux    one week ago

"patriotic education"

Is nothing more than Patriotism 4 Dummies propaganda ... China mastered it between 1991 and 1994. I'm sure they can provide Texas with some pointers.

 
 
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