Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Answer is in the History!

Rich Kozlovich
There is so much about 19th Century history that is foundational knowledge completely unknown to the general population.  Why?  Yet, foundational knowledge is the basis for what we do and why we do it….or more importantly….what we don’t do and why! 
I started getting these links sent to me a few months back and didn’t think to post them.  I guess I lost my mind for a while.  I will be posting more of this as time goes by because the answer is always in the history.  Perhaps that is why it really isn’t taught in schools today.  After all….how can you devote so much time to the “really…really” important stuff like….oh….well….Global Warming….an still teach kids reading, writing, arithmetic and HISTORY as it actually occurred, rather than the Hollywood version of history, i.e., "If it didn’t’ happen that way, it should have".   
One more thing!  This may be the first time you will have noticed just how corrupt the media was even then.  The only difference then was that there was a lot of competition which was just as powerful and corrupt, so there was no domination of corrutpted thought as it developed in modern times.  
In the summer of 1812 few expected the small navy of the United States to accomplish much against the might of Britain's Royal Navy. As the War of 1812 began, officials in Washington were fearful of even sending American ships out onto the open ocean, as it seemed likely they'd be captured or destroyed and the American coast would be left defenseless.
That pessimism faded 200 years ago this month when USS Constitution and its skillful commander, Capt. Isaac Hull, sailing off the coast of Canada without any specific orders... My Take Let’s not lose sight of the reality of the War of 1812….the U.S. lost that war; the Battle of New Orleans notwithstanding. 

Political conventions in our time have become staged events for television, but in the 1800s brokered conventions could deliver surprises. One classic example was the Democratic convention in late May 1844, at which Michigan's Lewis Cass and former president Martin Van Buren deadlocked. The convention ultimately picked the first dark horse candidate...

Watching the dazzling spectacle of the London 2012 Olympics, it's worth remembering that everything that happened began with an idea from a very unlikely character back in the late 1800s.

As the world absorbs news from the London Olympics, let's take a look at when news from Europe jumped from taking weeks to cross the Atlantic to taking minutes. A transatlantic...

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