Saturday, February 22, 1997

Why Learn History?
Wise Words & Ways with Washington...

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This one page letter was prepared for a fine lady, Dr. Lois Williams, who served on the Virginia Beach School Board and who wished to have a description of why teaching History, and especially American History, was an important subject in American public schools, where "Social Studies", has supplanted Civics, Government, and History.

In a.d. 1770, retired Colonel George Washington said at Belle Glade, Ohio Territory (modern day Marietta, Washington County, Ohio): "History is an essential study to better government."

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