"1776" by David McCollough should be part of core curriculum in every US school

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    The book "1776" should be read by every American student, it is a wonderful fascinating account of the Continental Army and the war effort in that year.

    It was a ragtag, undisciplined Army, but an Army of Americans, inventive enough to give Henry Know the go ahead to bring 120,000 pound of cannons from Ft Ticonderoga across lakes and hills down to the Continental Army in Boston.

    From soaring moments of victory of the surprise cou de grace of seizing and reinforcing Dorchester Heights in a single night, forcing the British to flee Boston to the humiliating defeats in NY to the surprise attack on Trenton.

    It is not a fairy tale, it is a tale of misery, defeat, humiliation interspersed with moments of genius and victory. In short, it is the tale of every human being and I highly recommend it!

    And, no, the Hessian were NOT dead drunk celebrating Christmas.

    P.S. I grew up in Throgs Neck and one day my brother found a cannon ball in the back yard, its about the size of a baseball and our little heriloom of the British landing there in 1776.
     
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    I have no idea why they don't teach our history anymore.

    It is rediculous that they want to forget an entire century and focus on minutia.
     
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    I blame Sputnik.

    They don't because we've decided that understanding science and math is more important than understanding the humanities.

    And let's face it.

    There's lots more people who understand history well enough to teach it (even at the college level) , than there are billets to support historians.
     
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    Man that is even more ancient than the Bush presidency, and no one seems to want to remember that.
     
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    They don't understand science or math any better then they do history.
     
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    Interesting, from page 140

    "We are in very comfortable cantonments amongst a loyal and liberal people, who produce (supply) us in plenty..." wrote one British officer from NY
     
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    I didn't suggest that it was good plan, I just mention the obvious.

    When you see where money is going, take Federal grants for edcuation, what you see is overwhelming support for math and science (more science than math) and damned little for the humanities.

    Math and science are important, of course.

    They help make us rich.

    The humanities, OTOH inform us what to do with that affluence, how to divide power, how to create a society people WANT to live in, too

    Sadly we're now dealing with a society which has forgotten who it used to be and why.

    It is not the job of science and math majors to run society.

    Sadly now, they do.

    And they suck at it.

    Wanna know why?

    They don't know history and they don't understand literature.

    Those teach you how to be a better human and how to be a good citizen.

    What they don't teach you is this

    GREED IS GOOD.

    In fact what both of those diciplines teach you is that anybody, or worse, any society which believes that LIE is doomed to an unhappy outcome.
     
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    Children no longer get taught History at all. From 1st grade to 8th no history is taught. It is Social Studies. All High School requires is ONE history class, usually American History.

    When I was in grade school we got taught US History and State History, in High School we got World History.

    When I went to college I made sure to take History classes. I love History.
     
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    The British were Republicans?

    I guess that makes sense, the Tories were conservatives.
     
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    Very good.
     

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