Grossmont College American History HBO Video Segment Questions

Description

Please watch this video from HBO’s Last Week Tonight on a segment titled American History. After watching, in two pages, please respond to the following question.

  1. Give a summary of the segment. What did Oliver try to argue, did he do it well, and what examples did he use? If he did not make his argument well, what was he missing? Give concrete examples!
  2. How can this tie into the banning of Mexican-American Studies in Tuscon, the San Francisco State Ethnic Studies Protests, and the backlash to the NYT 1619 Project? How are they all tied together and why is their resistance to “more inclusive history?
  3. How were you taught American History? Is it more like what Oliver is arguing, or have you have what you believe a genuinely inclusive historical experience in school?