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PBS Invites You To Learn About Actual American History

By Genevieve Burgess | TV | October 23, 2018 |

By Genevieve Burgess | TV | October 23, 2018 |


MLB World Series Game #1 on Fox at 7:30pm ET. Oh, shit, it’s that time of year again. Looks like it’s the Red Sox and the Dodgers. Huh. Good for them. After 30 seconds of Googling, I am rooting only for Manny Machado, who really put his time in in Baltimore and I want good things for him because of that.

The Conners on ABC at 8:00pm ET.

Black-ish on ABC at 9:00pm ET.

Native America on PBS at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. According to the PBS website “The four-part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.” Sounds like an excellent series. One of the things I’ve always found frustrating is how little Native American history is taught to people who live in America. I can trace my lineage back to Europe, but I learned almost nothing about the history of the continent I actually live on and what cities and civilizations existed here before we did. At least nothing before Columbus showed up, and even then they handwave a bit over the next hundred years for some reason (coughgenocidecough) until we get to Plymouth rock and the slow development of the United States. This is part of a larger complaint that I feel like we get a very narrow view of history that does not emphasize developments and innovations that were happening anywhere outside of Europe, leading us to underestimate or misunderstand how advanced other cultures are, but this is already too long for this space.

The Purge on USA at 10:00pm ET.

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Genevieve Burgess is a Features Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow Genevieve Burgess on Twitter.

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