Conclusion The “Lost Cause” Wins
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Modern historians analyze the makeup of an era. Assigning blame for past actions is usually found to be difficult, if not impossible. By emphasizing the complexities, readers are moved in the direction of understanding rather than mere censure. But when we examine history in relation to the education of children, we face a new kind of problem. We are confronted with predetermined and premeditated actions on the part of adults. We cannot, then, so easily dismiss motivational factors. We cannot say that intentional behavior is forever hidden in a web of ambiguous possibilities. When adults introduce specific kinds of experience into the lives of youngsters, they usually do so with forethought, with a purpose that relates to the child’s alleged well-being. In American history, the white supremacy myth needs to be examined with this in mind.