Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

May 15, 2011

Ignorance of History

Filed under: JOURNALING & MEMOIRS — carolyncholland @ 8:18 pm
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CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

IGNORANCE OF HISTORY

Outside the venue where Rep. Paul Ryan recently spoke in Madison, Wis., a university town never lacking protesters, one product of America’s education system shouted that Mr. Ryan’s budget proposal would return America to the bad old days of the “18th-century robber barons.”*

     When I read it, my eyes rolled. This just doesn’t sound right.

     Can you identify what’s wrong in the above statement?

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     I thought. I don’t recall the robber barons being in the 1700s. I think they were in the 1800s.

     Never liking history, I the conflict made me question myself: Could my thinking be in error? I really am history impaired.

     I continued reading: The young man, full of zeal and destitute of information, does not know that those capitalists of whom he disapproves — the ones who built the railroads and other sinews of the nation’s industrial might — operated in the second half of the 19th century, not in 18th-century agrarian America.*
     Aha, I got a history question correct! I was amazed at myself.

     Amazingly, a college history professor recently labeled me as an independent historian due to the in-depth research I’ve carried on in doing genealogy and writing both a journal paper and a historic romance novel, the writing being in the late 1700 to early 1800 era.

     The point being, I guess, that as one does read and investigate, information is absorbed. Which is probably why I knew that the statement in the first paragraph of George Will’s column* was in error.

     I recommend that everyone read, read, read, and dialogue, talk, and communicate—even eavesdrop. You’d be surprised what you will learn simply through absorption.

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SOURCE    

*http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11132/1145871-109-0.stm?cmpid=news.xml

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ADDITIONAL READING:

The French Military in America During The American Revolution: Pt. 1

The French Military in America During the American Revolution: Pt. II

The French Travel to Ohio 1: Vestal’s Gap Road, Virginia

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