Why: Why History Should Be Important?

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History to me is defined as past events, relevant and irrelevant, as a whole that make up the backstory of the world. Everything becomes history eventually. Most people relate the word history to bad experiences in boring classes with high school coaches who just hand out busy work for entire semesters. I believe history is more, or it could be more. History is a story, a beautiful, tragic story, the most comprehensive story ever. Shakespeare once said, Life “is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Although to an extent I agree, I believe history helps one to learn and avoid making the same mistakes over and over. History should be studied for several somewhat obvious reasons. It provides us with the means…show more content…
He states that textbooks take relevant people in history and “turn [these] flesh-and-blood individuals into pious, perfect creatures without conflicts, pain, credibility, or human interest” (Loewen 1). Many supporters and fans of Helen Keller do not know that she was radical socialist, although this in itself is not a negative quality, I would think it would be relevant information when talking about Helen Keller. The majority of history students have heard or at some point learnt about Helen Keller, but if asked who she was or what she accomplished, most students would say she “was a blind and deaf girl” who overcame her physical disabilities and was still a success, but not much else is known. Another example would be Christopher Columbus, He is known as the great discoverer of the American. The man who sailed the ocean blue overcame several hardships and finally found land and discovered the continent of America. Despite the fact that common sense tells you he did not actually discover America, because there were already people living on the continent. In fact Columbus was a wicked, heartless and barbaric human being. Columbus and his men took “women and children as slaves for sex and labor” (Zinn 1). The Native people were forced to search for gold and those that couldn’t reach the quota of Gold required “had their hands cut off and bled to death” (Zinn 1). The inhumane and disgusting acts that Columbus and did to the native people shocked me to no end. The fact that I never learned about this before college, especially as someone very interested in history, made me feel stupid and completely ashamed. An obscure person would be understandable, but due to the fact that Columbus is one of the well known figures history, I find it hard to fathom that so much that speaks to his character is hidden from students and ommited from textbooks all over the country. Columbus is
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