What is this curriculum I authored? (see also “Why I Wrote a History Curriculum)
Each of our products is…
Presented from a Christian worldview—I truly believe that all history is God’s story, and that no study is complete without shining His light upon it. In presenting this history curriculum, I continuously point back to our Father and His plan, even during the roughest portions of our nation’s history.
Based upon the premise of “inclusive history“–This is the vision God gave me, and I teach it everywhere I go. It is also why I state that our products feature African-American history. My heart is to tell our story, but in the context of the overall story–His story. So, in addition to African-American history, I also attempt to weave in stories regarding the history of Asian-Americans, Americans of Latino and European descent, and Native American stories. We all form the fabric of this great land.
A comprehensive study of history–Even though the story is told differently than you might see it in other places, our history is still comprehensive. One volume covers early American history until the American Civil War, and the second volume begins post-Civil War and covers events into present-day.
There are, however, some items that you will not see in A Blessed Heritage product. These items include…
Extensive African history–There are fantastic studies regarding the history of the African continent–its kings, its dynasties, and the cultural and geographical richness that was existent before written words and documented timelines began. This is not one of those studies. I applaud those who have taken on the task of teaching us about Africa; I simply chose to stay true to the vision that the Lord gave me.
Only African-American history–This curriculum can be used as a stand-alone by any parent who wants to meet more African-American characters than Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, and Martin Luther King. Realize, however, that you will also be introduced to the “coolies” who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad, to Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, to the Navajo Code Talkers, who were critical to the success of the American military in World War II, and great leaders like Cesar Chavez and author Esmeralda Santiago.
A tit-for-tat response to racial injustices–The history of African-American people, in my opinion, has been one of severe cruelties and senseless discrimination. That same history is also one of resilience, perseverance, determination, and unprecedented successes against all odds. I do not write to teach hatred, or to perpetuate the sin of racism by putting a black face on a supremacist mindset. I write to teach love, understanding, and honor–of God first, then of self and of others.