AMERICAN HISTORY 英会話 「あぜりあ」本八幡・西船橋・津田沼・佐倉
Hello again. I’m reading a book on American History at the moment. I haven’t got very far in it so far, so mainly I’ve been reading about the very early period of colonization and settling of the east coast. It’s interesting to look back as see how events of that time have ultimately played important roles in forming the country as it is today. I think the current election has made me think about prior causes and made me realize how little I actually know about the history of my own country. All I know is basically what I learned in elementary school about George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, and I forget pretty much all of that. Also I remember a little about the Civil War, mainly because we watched the famous Ken Burns documentary in class. Maybe the only reason I remember that is because I was so happy to be able to watch TV in school and not have to listen to the teacher talk. It’s pretty clear that some of the divisions in the country that pre-date the Civil War are still present in the country today. Just look at the election map from yesterday’s presidential election and look at where the red and blue states are. There is one American History book I have read fairly recently, and that was A People’s History of the United States. That book is very different from the one I’m currently reading. It’s basically a history of protest. Very interesting to read, especially if you’re reading a more standard history book at the same time. I took a course in college that made us do that. I guess it’s fairly obvious, but there is a lot we can learn from history, and maybe studying it more, or being more aware of it, would do people a lot of good. Anyway I’m enjoying the book, and it’s helping me take my mind off of more current events.
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