Sunday, November 21, 2021

My obsession with American history began when I was a friendly Indian among the hungry Pilgrims in the 4th grade


  • November 21, 1620 – Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact (November 11O.S.)

  • Personal Postscript — I include the foregoing tidbit because it interests me and reminds of something from long ago in my lifetime. Friends, for most of my life I have been obsessed with American history. Well, I think the obsession began in the 4th grade when Miss Lutz was my teacher, and today’s posting reminded me of my first-rate performance as the friendly Indian among the hungry Pilgrims in Miss Lutz’s Thanksgiving pageant. Can I still say “Indian” without being corrected? I’ve lost track of all the PC rules about words and names. Those rules just didn’t exist in the 4th grade. Hmm. So, a few years after my Indian portrayal, I began college as a history education major with the goal of becoming a high school history teacher (but my studies were interrupted by the Vietnam draft and what turned into a 25 year career in the U.S. Navy.) Other minor and major detours have kept me from being an historian with academic credentials. One detour which began in 1999 was my 15 years as an adjunct teacher of English composition and literature. but my reading about American history continues without an end in sight. Well, there is one end, but I try not worry about that one.

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