Why Study History?

Source: Pioneer Institute
by Jude Iredell

“Because the Founders asked us to — and because it’s good for you. Ben Franklin’s quip after the Constitutional Convention that he gave Americans ‘a republic if [they] can keep it’ is an oft-repeated line in civic-minded circles, but the sentiment expressed is no less relevant. Our most senior Founding Father understood the sensitivity of the new American experiment. He hoped future citizens would study the historical narrative and intellectual reasoning that informed our Constitution. Otherwise, its soaring rhetoric would be little more than a ‘parchment guarantee’ to those unfamiliar with how America arrived at more enlightened governance.” (11/09/23)