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Free Citizen

This writer espouses individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.

Location: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Knowing History and Knowing Who We Are

The following is an abridged transcript of remarks delivered by historian David McCullough on February 15, 2005 in Phoenix, Arizona, at a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar on the topic, "American History and America's Future."

Harry Truman once said the only new thing in the world is the history you don't know. Lord Bolingbroke, who was an 18th century political philosopher, said that history is philosophy taught with examples. An old friend, the late Daniel Boorstin, who was a very good historian and Librarian of Congress, said that trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers. We're raising a lot of cut flowers and trying to plant them... . >>>Read more >>> http://www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/


Blogger bayonet said...

Teaching history today is not an easy task. For example, the greatest cavalry leader our country ever birthed is LEFT OUT of all recent Tennessee history textbooks because some people, a minority, object to his presence because they claim, ignorrantly, that he was a racist.

Sun May 29, 05:53:00 PM CDT  
Blogger bayonet said...

see previous comment.

Sun May 29, 05:55:00 PM CDT  

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