July 7 Colorado Catholic Herald Commentary, Read more History

 Christina Capecchi reviews “The American Spirit” by David McCullough

“The American Spirit,” takes up a cause he has long championed, “We are raising a generation of young Americans who are by and large historically illiterate,” David McCullough writes. This book illuminates the footbridge from knowledge to character.

McCullough dedicates the book to his 19 grandchildren and doles out plenty of wholesome advice. Read widely. Be generous. Take an interest in people.

He also borrows Abigail Adams’ admonition to her son and directs it at modern-day history-illiterates: “How unpardonable it would be for us — with so much that we have been given, the advantages we have, all the continuing opportunities we have to enhance and increase our love of learning — to turn out blockheads.”

Read More History – Don’t be a Blockhead.

 

 

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