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29-09-2013, 04:40 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
After receiving straight Fs in history classes in freshman year in college, I wound up in the military (in fact, lots of Fs in lots of classes). During some slow time in the military, I took a class in ancient history by correspondence. I was hooked. Don't know why, but I really got interested.
I remain interested to this day.

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29-09-2013, 10:31 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
High school, junior year, I had a world history teacher named Mr. Whelan. Up to that point, history was a jumble of meaningless names and dates. Rather than leading a course in mindless memorization, Mr. Whelan used the facts to paint pictures in my mind. Names, dates, cultural events and economic circumstances became the gears of a great world wide machine that meshed and turned together to create the world we see today. I was amazed and hooked.

Recently I have found someone with similar skill. He has a podcast called Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. He has a five part series called the Wrath of the Khans which I highly recommend. You can find it here: http://www.dancarlin.com/disp.php/hharchive

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25-10-2013, 02:57 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
I got interested in history in 4th grade. It all started with a simple play about the French and Indian war after that I started to do research first about George Washington and General Braddock then I really started reading books about the French and Indian war. Now I am wanting to become an historian but I want to be a self-taught historian (if possible). I have learned a lot since fourth grade (I am out of high school now) I learned a lot of how things have happened and how the Native Americans were involved and now have more respect for them ( the Natives) then I did then ( I still respected them then). I am interested in the French and Indian war, Pontiac's rebellion and a smidge of the Revolutionary war. [/font]
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03-12-2013, 04:38 AM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
How did I get interested? I had always been interested, but it wasn't until I read this book...

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that I started to get really interested. Even more so after taking a college level course where they didn't whitewash and sanitize history.

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03-12-2013, 06:45 AM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
(03-12-2013 04:38 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  How did I get interested? I had always been interested, but it wasn't until I read this book...

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that I started to get really interested. Even more so after taking a college level course where they didn't whitewash and sanitize history.

Beyond the Civil War, I'm normally not that interested in American history. I'll definitely have to pick this book up.
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03-12-2013, 07:55 AM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
It was my worst subject in High School. The teachers skipped around too much. I took a History class in college,and I had the most amazing professor. She kept it interesting and suddenly it all made sense. History is now my first love.
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03-12-2013, 07:56 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
I love history. Always have. I have no idea why, though. I was just always drawn to it. A lot of what I read on my own are histories or biographies. And, a lot of the fiction I read (when I read it) is historical fiction. My wife has gotten me into some sci fi stuff which I read on occassion but mostly I read history.

My big fascination is baseball. I read tons of books on baseball and the history of the game and the players. You read the history of baseball, you read the history of the US. James Earl Jones was exactly right in his "Field of Dreams" speach.

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03-12-2013, 11:24 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
(03-12-2013 06:45 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  
(03-12-2013 04:38 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  How did I get interested? I had always been interested, but it wasn't until I read this book...

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that I started to get really interested. Even more so after taking a college level course where they didn't whitewash and sanitize history.

Beyond the Civil War, I'm normally not that interested in American history. I'll definitely have to pick this book up.

It's a good read, here is just the table of contents to give you an idea what to expect.

Chapter 1) Handicapped by History: The Process of Hero-making. The truth about Helen Keller - Socialist, Woodrow Wilson - racist (among other things), Betsy Ross -tourist attraction, etc.

Chapter 2) 1493: The True Importance Of Christopher Columbus. From the real 'discoverer' of the New World to the myths about a flat world to the enslavement and extermination of the Arawaks to Columbus' penniless' death.

Chapter 3) The Truth about the First Thanksgiving. The truth about Plymouth Rock, European diseases in the New World, Squanto, and the reason why the Pilgrims were so Thankful.

Chapter 4) Red Eyes. The truth about Native slaves, Native raiders, the French and Indian War, scalpings, the Louisiana Purchase, and much else.

Chapter 5) "Gone With The Wind": The Invisibility of Racism In American Textbooks. The truth about racism, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, lynchings, and the success of the Reconstruction governments before Reconstruction was ended by violence.

Chapter 6) John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: The Invisibility of Antiracism in American History Textbooks. The truth about John Brown, the Lincoln-Douglas debates, carpetbaggers, scalawags, and slaves in the Civil war armies.

Chapter 7) The Land of Opportunity. The absence of social class in American history textbooks.

Chapter 8) Watching Big Brother: What Textbooks Teach about the Federal Government. How textbooks misrepresent the U.S. government and omit its participation in state-sponsored terrorism.

Chapter 9) See No Evil: Choosing Not to Look at the War in Vietnam

Chapter 10) Down the Memory Hole: The Disappearance of the Recent Past.

Chapter 11) Progress Is Our Most Important Product.

Chapter 12) Why Is History Taught Like This?

Chapter 13) What Is the Result Of Teaching History Like This? Minority Students End Up Alienated, All Students End Up Bored, and No One Can Use the Past To Think Cogently About the Future.

Afterword) The Future Lies Ahead and What To Do About Them. How to Assess Sources, Learn About the Past More Accurately, and Teach Others What Has Gone Wrong.

http://sundown.afro.illinois.edu/content...e-toc.html

Also, there is totally a Google Docs version available too.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzTOX1xo...edit?pli=1

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