The Only Thing New in the World is the History You Don’t Know

fruit thrower in 1870

It may be hyperbolic, but there’s something important embedded in this oft-quoted Harry Truman line. For me, studying the past (and analyzing it) is a way of thinking. And when we think with history, to evoke cultural historian Carl Schorske, we learn to apply the complexities of the past as a means for orienting ourselves to the complexities of the present. So here’s the history lesson: social … [Read more...]