Over the past year, many historic moments have taken place. Many of these events shape our history and our future. These moments that we all endured are going to be in our history books.
On January 6, 2021, a mob attacked the United States Capitol. This attack was different from other demonstrations that took place on Capitol Hill. This crowd was formed by supporters of former President Trump and called the protest “Save America”. This demonstration took place while Congress planned to count the The electoral college votes to confirm who won the 2020 election. The Capitol was forced into self-quarantine after protesters forced their way into the building. The Washington Post calls January 6, 2021, one of America’s ugliest days to go down in history.
“It was the first time that insurgents entered the capital building and threatened the functioning of the US government, if not democracy itself,” said Dr James Hedtke, professor of history and political science. “This did not happen even during our most tumultuous time, the Civil War.”
As college textbooks become more and more digitized, it has become easier for writers to update history books and add historical moments. Many believe it will only be a few months before they see the attack in the history books. However, some authors might take a little longer to write about the event. Authors will try to figure out what happened and why it happened instead of just writing down the facts, but it depends on the writer and how quickly they want to add the attack to the textbooks.
For some authors, one of the most crucial elements of the attack is that the former president directly encouraged and supported an armed attack. Trump wanted to stop the legitimate election of Joe Biden, who beat Trump in the 2020 election.
“The attack was an incredibly historic event because it was the work of the white privilege at stake.” Senior English major Aiyana Martinez said. “The Capitol was attacked and there was no sign that the police had stopped and stopped the riot. “
People think it is essential to include the attack in the history books because it is a significant issue that includes political leaders who have been put at risk because of the encouragement of the former president.
“Textbook content about the insurgency on Capitol Hill should be the start of a conversation, rather than the end of it,” Marguerite Martinsaid the director of the History & Civics Project at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
In the textbooks, we will see different perspectives on what happened on January 6th. The story is all about interpretation and how the author wants to write about the attack. It also means that people will call up events that took place otherwise, whether it was a terrorist attack or a demonstration. However, it depends on the teacher and the professors how they want to teach the event to their students.
“This is a historic event because it shows how we as a society have turned a blind eye when it comes to something that we have now standardized,” said Jesus Santiago, medical student at Johns Hopkins University. “It showed how law enforcement dealt with two types of protests in two different ways. One standing and the other which had more repercussions.