American History Vault

American History Vault

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Here at the American History Vault are stored many of  America’s National Treasures, from pre-Colonial America to the Founding and beyond.  There is much to be discovered here in the
 

American History Vault…..

so let the adventure begin!
 




 

American History Vault’s

approach

to American History

  • Study American history through the lives of the Founders and History Makers.

Though history may disprove of some of the choices and acts of these men and women, still their lives formed and propelled us forward into a true hope and change.  “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.  When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement;  and when experience is retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.  Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”[1]

  • Study American history by and through primary sources and secondary historical sources, in order to establish a true and accurate understanding.

A quote from a primary historical source, as gathered by a descendent of Patrick Henry:  “The great pillars of all government [are] virtue, morality, and religion.  This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”[2]

  • Study American history by considering the words and thoughts of American history makers by and through critical reading, analysis and thinking.

As stated by John Adams:  “Statesmen…may plan and speculate for liberty, but it  is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. …Religion and virtue are the only foundations…of all free governments.”[3]

  • Study of American history to influence and cause change in the worldview which will result in excellent lifestyle patterns and actions.

Samuel Adams, a signer of the Declaration of Independence said, “A general dissolution of principles and manners [meaning moral views, not table manners] will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.  While the people are virtuous, they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. …[Yet] if virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved.  This will be their great security.[4]


[1] George Santayana, “Reason in Common Sense, vol.1 – The Life of Reason.
[2] Williams Wirt Henry, Patrick Henry, 592.
[3] John Adams, Works, vol.9, 401, 636.
[4] Samuel Adams, Writings, vol. 4, 124.

 

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