History professor under attack from peers for taking stance against 1619 Project curriculum

Jul 9, 2021 by

In all, faculty in 12 academic departments attacked me.’

A history professor who urged K-12 superintendents in his state against implementing the 1619 Project curriculum has come under heavy fire from peers who have attacked and vilified him.

Jay Bergman, a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, wrote to the state’s superintendents earlier in the year asking them to not embed the curriculum, saying it “presents America’s history as driven, nearly exclusively, by white racism” and that “nearly everything else in the 1619 Project, is entirely false, mostly false, or misleading.”

The New York Times’ controversial 1619 Project argues that the American Revolution was fought largely to maintain slavery in America and that Abraham Lincoln was racist, and a curriculum supporting those arguments is being used in school districts across the nation.

Bergman’s letter did not raise eyebrows and ire, however, until it was featured in May by NBC Connecticut, which reported at least one superintendent found the letter’s contents troubling and “extremely inappropriate” that Bergman used his CCSU email system for his memo.

In the weeks since the NBC report, Bergman has become a target for scorn, ridicule and ad hominem attacks.

Some professors at his university demanded he be officially censured, sanctioned or publicly repudiated. Others called him a racist. Bergman’s writings as a conservative scholar also came under the radar, with his peers bristling at and bemoaning his stances on other subjects as well.

Source: History professor under attack from peers for taking stance against 1619 Project curriculum | The College Fix

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