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Nation-making: Historical Methods and Their Results 

July 3, 2019
Posted in: Remember America

In 1889, American philosopher and historian, John Fisk, produced a writing titled, “The Beginnings of New England.” In this work, he analyzed the progression of government from its earliest forms to the present day. Fisk viewed America as the culmination of government, having moved out of barbaric means and into a society that valued man […]

The Influence of the Mother

“Does not the influence of woman rest upon every member of her household, like dew upon the tender herb, or the sunbeam silently educating the young flower? Or as the shower and the sleepless stream, cheer and invigorate the proudest tree of the forest?” – L.H. Sigourney, Letters to Young Ladies, 1836 One cannot deny […]

The Role of Geography in History

May 9, 2019

Like me, you were probably educated in such a way that Geography class was wholly separated from History. In fact, it may have even been lumped into a unit or two under the nebulous title, “Social Studies.” What if Geography played a huge part in History? In the eyes of Arnold Guyot, geologist and geographer […]

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The Principle of Individuality . . . a Perspective Necessary for Liberty

Recently, Dayspring Christian Academy’s Upper School students performed Learner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Based on Pygmalion, a work of George Bernard Shaw, the main character, Eliza, makes the following observation to her friend, Colonel Pickering: “You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up (the dressing and the proper way […]

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The Two Views of Human Value

March 26, 2019
Posted in: Remember America

Recently, my children, my husband and I were watching a TV show set in the time of King Arthur and the illustrious Robin Hood. This episode focused on a bishop from the Church of England who had been caught committing a very serious crime—he was translating the Bible into English. My daughter, grasping what he […]

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The American Hero

March 7, 2019
Posted in: Remember America

If you’ve been online lately, you’ve seen the conversations, advertisements, and excitement over the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With domestic box office totals at $6,869,613,146 and an average of $343,480,657 per movie at the time of this post, it certainly seems like America loves her heroes. But that love is for the heroes […]

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