By Bill Bigelow
A people's pedagogy, like a people's historical past, may still alert scholars to deep currents of justice and equality in U.S. historical past, and in diversified methods inspire scholars to aim at the personas of people that labored to make this a extra democratic society. A people's historical past and pedagogy should enable scholars to acknowledge that 'we' weren't inevitably those stealing land, losing bombs, or breaking moves. 'We' have been finishing slavery, struggling with for women's rights, organizing unions, marching opposed to wars, and attempting to create a society premised at the Golden Rule
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Do you agree? Can you think of any examples from history or current events? • The Reverend Theodore Parker said that Mexicans must eventually give way, as did the Indians. What similarities do you see between the Mexican War and the wars against the Indians? S. war against Mexico? Does war itself hold attraction for people, or was it the Mexican War in particular that excited some Americans? • As was the case with the organized opposition to Indian Removal in the 1820s and 1830s, racism infected the movement against the war with Mexico.
But you have nothing to fear from us, if you do what is right … if you are faithful to your new rulers. … I hope you will alter your habits, and be industrious and frugal, and give up all the low vices which you practice.
Two years later, he gave a lecture, “Resistance to Civil Government,” which was then printed as an essay, “Civil Disobedience”: It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law so much as for the right. … Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect for law is, that you may see a file of soldiers … marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart.