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Tea Party Pressuring Schools To Teach Constitution Using Controversial Right-Wing Group's Materials

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In 1982, critics derided one of Skousen's books, "The 5,000 Year Leap," as racist for describing African-Americans as "pickaninnies" and claiming that slave owners were the real victims of slavery. Last year, Princeton Historian Sean Wilentz described the book in The New Yorker as a, "treatise that assembles selective quotations and groundless assertions to claim that the U.S. Constitution is rooted not in the Enlightenment but in the Bible."

The tea party campaign urges members to write letters to their school's superintendent suggesting the use of NCCS's materials, and to then pen a follow up round of letters later this summer to ensure the school plans to teach the Constitution. The materials, which come in a $20 package, includes a "A More Perfect Union," a DVD produced by Mormon college BYU in the late 1980s, as well as copies of the Constitution and an explanatory sheet on the document.

"Patriots should not have to remind schools to teach the history of the most important document in our country," the Tea Party Patriot's website states. "That we have to do so is an indication of how awful the public school system has become with regard to teaching U.S. history."

Tea Party Patriots did not immediately reply to a request for comment from TPM.

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