Book Review: A Student’s Guide To U.S. History

Edge Induced Cohesion

A Student’s Guide To U.S. History, by Wilfred M. McClay

Three times in my grade school experiences I had year-long courses devoted to U.S. History, and in many ways they were done according to the way discussed in this book, with talks of names and dates and trying to memorize laws and government policies.  Many people, as a result of experiences similar to my own, view American history as boring or provincial when one compares it with the histories of Europe or East and South Asia or the Middle East, to give but a few examples.  The author gives a compelling reason why American history is worth studying, though [1], and in doing so makes this little book a compelling one that admits its short size and that triumphs because it opens a window to a field that is too often neglected or underappreciated.  All too often people study American…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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