Lover of history, teacher of children, seeking humanity in America’s heroes.

A Glimmer of Humanity

As I’ve said before, I think it’s important to teach children about historical figures objectively (with a few obvious exceptions–Hitler comes to mind), so that their actions speak for themselves and students decide for themselves who is and is not worth admiring. I don’t teach them about America’s heroes and villains; I teach them aboutContinue reading “A Glimmer of Humanity”

Hesitant President

It’s been a while, I apologize–life got in the way of reading, as it does. But, I’m back to business, and looking forward to finishing Washington’s biography. I don’t think it’s news to anyone that George Washington was not eager to be America’s first president; in fact, he was, in his mind, retired, after hisContinue reading “Hesitant President”

The Hero They Needed

George Washington was determined to position himself in the upper echelons of Virginian society, despite a lack of pedigree and education. He amassed his fortune by marrying rich and, unlike his fellow Virginia farmers, staying out of debt. Washington was obsessed with the idea of acquiring land, and believed that the Ohio Territory was hisContinue reading “The Hero They Needed”

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