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The Disuniting of America In the book The Disuniting of America author Arthur M Schlesinger Jr talks about the shift between the traditional focus the melting pot to the multicultural society that dominates public awareness today He looks at the history of the United Sates and finds that early Americans came here to escape their roots and create a new race Schlesinger talks about how history is the weapon that Multiculturalists used to convince the children of the public school system of their point of view He mentions how history has purposely been changed to erase the black marks of the past from the history books He also speaks of how the decomposition of America has been taking place through multiculturalism political correctness and racial separatism Schlesinger covers many aspects of the long history of immigration to the United States Many sought freedom and opportunity while others like slaves were to America against their will Although there were various hardships facing the new race it was the commitment of all the races to democracy and self government that continued over the different languages religions and systems of beliefs Great Britain had a profound influence on the thirteen original colonies It set forth the British language laws institutions political ideas literature and customs and gave America an Anglo centric FlavorSchlesiger 8 For better or worse the White Anglo Saxon Protestant tradition was for two centuries and in crucial aspects still is the dominant influence on American societySchlesinger 8 Immigrants that came to America had to face these ideas and were expected to follow them because it would be the matrix on how they would be assimilatedSchlesiger 8 and that is how they would become part of a new race of Americans Schlesinger is very critical of historians that sacrifice the facts in hopes of a more politically correct or racially harmonious past Historians change things that happened in history so minorities will
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