Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Who's On First?

The quote of the day comes from author Tony Horwitz in a NYT book review In Love With the History Our Teachers Never Told Us. Horwitz traveled the country in search of the American story the winners don't often tell.

"In our version of America, we don’t go back nearly far enough. It’s the winners who make history, and that’s why we start with the Pilgrims: with the Anglo-American and New England version of the story. Culturally, we need to expand the story to include the Spanish in particular, but also the French and the Portuguese. Not only are we not an Anglo nation now, but we never really were. Early America, if you think about it, was a lot like America today — very diverse — and even the parts of the story we think we know, we don’t know at all."

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