October 11, 2016
Corning & Schuman work on generations & collective memory cited in WaPo column
John Sides of the Washington Post cited work Amy Corning and Howard Schuman did in 1998 and 2014 about the public’s perception of Christopher Columbus. Although they found a clear increase in in critical portrayals of Columbus in their analysis of textbooks beginning in 1998, they found a very small percentage (6%) had a critical view of him. That percentage increased to 11% by 2014, and 20% of the youngest cohort (those born between 1990 & 1995) describing him in the least-favorable terms.