Why Does History Matter?

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Why Does History Matter?
History Matters, because with out our history, we wouldn’t know who we are, or where we came from. Our history is what defines us. Knowing where you came from can help you better understand where you are headed with your life.

In the video of the first lesson there are plenty of extremely interesting points as to why history really should matter to us. Richard White’s way of telling a story that the students can relate to, is very touching. Making the students understand how lucky they are, and how much they should appreciate their life style, can actually draw them into the history, and to make want to learn more about it. By making the age connection, they can relate to those soldiers who lost their lives, they can understand how young and inexperienced the soldiers were, when they were sent to war. Those students are just starting their lives at 18; when the Vietnam soldiers already lost theirs at 18.

Edward Countryman states the obvious in my opinion, and still a very important fact. If it weren’t for the Europeans settling in America, America would not be what it is today. Can you try to imagine the US today without the Europeans settlers? I know I can’t. There would not be “America” without them. With out the Europeans settlers America might have gotten a different name. And we may not have been living in the strongest, and most influential country in the world. Think about it… Were would you be now?

James McPherson said, “I like to compare the importance of knowing history to an individual who wakes up one morning with amnesia”, and there is no better way of saying it. How do you know who you are, without knowing where you came from. As I said in the beginning, you wouldn’t know who you are with out knowing your history.

Annette Gordon-Reed said, ” you should approach the study of history with a spirit of curiosity”. If someone chooses to believe that history is not important, they may still find the stories to be...
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