Most of America’s elite universities do not require history majors to study U.S. history

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The coming dark age: More than fifty American universities do not require history majors to take a course in United States history.

This bears repeating: The universities allow history majors to get a degree in history without having to study American history. The article also includes lots of interviews from lots of academic types, all making excuses for this dismal policy.

No wonder no one seems to know what the Bill of Rights is. Our universities, run almost exclusively by leftwing hacks, have sent it down the memory hole to be forgotten and ignored.


  • wayne

    excerpt from “The Prevention of Literature” by George Orwell

    “A totalitarian state is in effect a theocracy, and its ruling caste, in order to keep its position, has to be thought of as infallible. But since, in practice, no one is infallible, it is frequently necessary to rearrange past events in order to show that this or that mistake was not made, or that this or that imaginary triumph actually happened.

    Then again, every major change in policy demands a corresponding change of doctrine and a revelation of prominent historical figures. This kind of thing happens everywhere, but is clearly likelier to lead to outright falsification in societies where only one opinion is permissible at any given moment. Totalitarianism demands, in fact, the continuous alteration of the past, and in the long run probably demands a disbelief in the very existence of objective truth. The friends of totalitarianism in this country [England] usually tend to argue that since absolute truth is not attainable, a big lie is no worse than a little lie. It is pointed out that all historical records are biased and inaccurate, or on the other hand, that modern physics has proven that what seems to us the real world is an illusion, so that to believe in the evidence of one’s senses is simply vulgar philistinism.

    A totalitarian society which succeeded in perpetuating itself would probably set up a schizophrenic system of thought, in which the laws of common sense held good in everyday life and in certain exact sciences, but could be disregarded by the politician, the historian, and the sociologist.

    Already there are countless people who would think it scandalous to falsify a scientific textbook, but would see nothing wrong in falsifying an historical fact.It is at the point where literature and politics cross that totalitarianism exerts its greatest pressure on the intellectual.”

  • Wayne: I have deleted the hard returns that broke up the text, thus making it hard to read. In the future, try to remember to do so yourself, if you can.

  • Cotour

    Excellent quote, Orwell really understood. He writes eerily and accurately about what is going on in our country today right in front of our eyes. This has all happened before and it will be a kind of miracle if we are able to tame it and get it back in its box.

  • wayne

    Mr. Z., my apologies & my thanks.
    (100% Microsoft software at work…)

    Yes! (we agree on something!) Orwell was an amazing writer. (My favorite Socialist writer.)
    Highly recommend his “Collected Essay’s.” I think you would enjoy them, all. (diverse topics, beautifully written, easy to read, puts you right into the Period)

    By quirks in international copyright-law, you can find complete, unedited/unabridged versions of all his works, somewhere in the World, at the tip of your browser.

    “Collected Essays,” by G. Orwell is at

  • Localfluff

    US history is very special. The first successful revolution against colonialism and political application of the ideas in the time of enlightenment. While the history of any European country is pretty much the same as the history of any other European country. Even if one studies archaeology, understanding US history helps the understanding of something general and timeless about human society.

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