Looking at a sample of textbooks published over the last hundred years, it becomes apparent that the story of the Tea Party has always been, and still serves as, an integral element in educating students about the American Revolution. However, as a constructed myth, it was “born perfect” and thus has been extremely resistant to alteration or reinterpretation.
Comparing the static nature of the textbook accounts with the historiography and research from the last thirty years demonstrates that the real meaning and impetus of the Tea Party have been suppressed in the high school history curriculum. This is due to various factors, both economic and ideological. Textbook publishers are pressured to create works that appeal to the largest possible audience, which means catering to populous states like Texas. The inclusion of potentially controversial material would jeopardize sales, so the publishers strive to present information that will not offend possible customers.
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