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“A World Shaped by Enlightenment Ideas of Race and White Supremacy”: Rethinking How We Teach the Enlightenment

Discussion of how to teach the racism of the Enlightenment

Bram Hubbell
Bram Hubbell
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“A World Shaped by Enlightenment Ideas of Race and White Supremacy”: Rethinking How We Teach the Enlightenment

It’s hard to imagine a world history course that doesn’t include the Enlightenment. It’s one of those sacred topics that every teacher feels compelled to teach and emphasize. We live in a society that almost fetishizes the Enlightenment. But what about how the Enlightenment has contributed to racism? If we look at the AP World History Course and Exam Description, there’s no mention of this issue.

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