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  • 1. Living in History
    The Point of Learning History
    Mr. Shore
  • 2. The Consequences of No History
    No remembrance of past events
    No sense of context or shared memories
    No relationships
    No sense of identity
    No coherent structure for a value system
    No foundation for decision making
    “A nation that forgets its past has no future”—Winston Churchill
  • 3. Why Study History? Peter Stearns (AHA)
    History Helps Us Understand People and Societies
    History Helps Us Understand Change and How the Society We Live In Came to Be
    Importance of History in Our Own Life
    History Contributes to Our Moral Understanding
    History Provides Identity
  • 4. The Historian-Wrestler With the Angel of Death (Boorstin)
    Historian is a discoverer and creator
    Limits of Discovery
    1. Bias of Survival of the Unread
    2. Bias of the Survival of the Durable
    3. Bias of the Survival of the Collectibles & Gov’t
    4. Bias of the Survival of the Printed and Self-Serving
    5. Bias of the Victorious Point of View
  • 5. History Speaks to Us…
    Pericles Funeral Oration: “Fix your eyes upon Athens as you have it before you day by day, fall in love with her and when you feel her greatness…remember that this greatness was won by men of courage, with knowledge in their duty and with a sense of honor in action…Their mortal bones are laid, but a home in the minds of men is where their glory remains…For the whole earth is the sepulcher of famous men and their story is not graven only in stone…but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men’s lives.”
  • 6. Reflections on History
    “History is a nightmare from which we are trying to awaken”—James Joyce
    “Study history, study history—in history lie all the secrets of statecraft”—Winston Churchill
    “We cannot escape history”—Abraham Lincoln
    “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”—Jose Ortega y Gasset
  • 7. “A City Upon a Hill”
    The uniqueness of the American experience
    A gathering of nations
    The creation of a “new civilization”, a new hope, a “New Israel”
    Consciously created nation
    A nation of contradictions
    A nation of individual liberties