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       dedication
 

To my former students and others interested in history.

It seems like each school year ended and I was not able to tell my students all that I thought important.
 

This website picks up where I left off in your high school history, civics, politics or economics class.  It is mostly recommendations for books that help us understand history and the world in which we live.
 

I believe history is made up of many stories, all of which point ultimately to the story of this world.  There is an original story from which all these stories emerge and to which they all refer.  All these stories assume intelligence, purpose and meaning.  They rest upon common human experiences of beauty, right and wrong, self-sacrifice and courage.  These things make no sense if the universe is just an accident with no ultimate meaning. 
 

This website is a logical extension of my teaching in the classroom where I sought to introduce you to the various controversies that have been part of American history.  I tried to provide you with a variety of viewpoints, not simply the current politically correct view. 
 

Introducing you to what others have thought about these important questions is a way of advancing your own thinking.  I have included a variety of topics in American history that I hope you find interesting and thought-provoking. 

Do you remember the scene in the movie, Schindlerís List, where Oscar Schindler is saying goodbye to the Jews he protected from the Nazis.  He is lamenting that he had not done more.  That is how I feel about teaching.  I could have done more for my students.  This website is a little more for my students. 
 

CKS