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Old 05-21-2015, 06:48 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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Old Glory.......

So, who was Mrs Mudd. Come on, you know it all.

Who led the Americans when they tried to attack and occupy Quebec City.. Hint he has a breakfast dish named after him.

You made a big boast, now try to live up to it.

Jim B.
Benedict Arnold. Duh.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Right here; Right now
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I consider myself to be a serious history buff. I was actually a history major at an Ivy League college. Yet I had never heard of The Great Awakening. I just e-mailed a friend who went to college with me who has evangelical leanings to see if he knows of it.
Your friend probably will know about it.

The last 2 years of my high school was spent at a Baptist Academy. However, I did visit a middle school teacher (during that time) who taught me when I was a student there and we were friendly enough that I went to see her. The students were out, but their text books were on the desk and I was curious, so I took a history book off one of the desks and scanned through it. There was one paragraph in the book on The Great Awakening and I'm sure it was not on the curriculum to be taught.

I learned something about myself (perhaps not me, but the way and what in the subjects were taught) going from a public school to a private Christian school. Subjects, history, science and math were tough for me in the public school and in English/Literature I would ace the course.

History, Science and Math were easier for me in the private school and English, I bombed out. Dissecting the sentence structure of a Biblical passage, not a very easy task for me in high school.

I went to a community college 13 years after graduation and history was part of the degree plan. Again, it was most difficult for me to remember the dates, the people of history and their contributions to our country. I changed my degree plan from Journalist to Accounting, because a good Journalist will know their history.

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Old 05-22-2015, 01:46 AM
 
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Agreed. History is like math, the subject is too big for just one person to understand it all.
Think tank environments for both subjects would be a most exciting adventure, where they challenge each other to achieve greater thought and expand upon ideas.
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Old 05-22-2015, 10:03 AM
 
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I love history.

Problem I see, is people aren't aware (and don't care) about not only the origins of the country, they don't care or know of their own ancestral contributions to the United States.

I do wish the craze into ancestral research would expand a bit...especially among the black and white people in the East and South. I got pulled into it by accident, and 3 years later I have verified that my lineal ancestors arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1611, others were implicated in Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia.
and fought for the British in the American Revolution and were killed
while other ancestors were Continental Army and militia regulars

My ancestors were English, Welsh and Scots-Irish

I think once you realise that your family played a role, any role...slave, redneck, political leader or just backwoods farmer, it can become something you feel invested in. Your ancestors, your country.
agreed. one thing i found out is that i am related to two presidents, and a signer of the declaration of independence.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:08 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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I consider myself to be a serious history buff. I was actually a history major at an Ivy League college. Yet I had never heard of The Great Awakening. I just e-mailed a friend who went to college with me who has evangelical leanings to see if he knows of it.
I've read quite a bit about the Great Awakening, but I'm not sure whether my first introduction to the subject was through school or personal research. I'm thinking it was personal research, because it's a hard topic to address without delving into theology, which wouldn't fly in a public school history course.
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Old 05-28-2015, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Riding the light...
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I tend to get the idea that you think Americans should be more widely read in the history of American slavery. And that the U.S. should have more holidays with forced celebration to assuage the egos of some citizens who really have no idea if they are related to former slaves or what life conditions those slaves might have endured. In other words, 'I'm black and you owe me'.

Get over it. Slavery is endemic to the human race. I thank the founders of this country for leaving in place a method to make the changes necessary. That process probably didn't work out as well as might have been preferred but ultimately the goal was achieved. Unfortunately, the resulting history for blacks hasn't turned out as well. That is not a result of slavery but the failure of a class of citizens who haven't pursued avenues available to them. Including participating in a successful culture. Some have.

Most American kids aren't going to read some created history of abolition, outside of passing the semester exam. Many more won't recall what they might have derived from that subject matter. As an 'history', it's not especially overbearing. Just a sad tale which some won't allow to end.
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