Here's what I love about studying history. It's the crazy connections that continue to thrill me. My good friend, fellow artist and baseball fanatic, Thom Ross, once regaled me with this historical fact: a mere two weeks after Custer and his crew were wiped out at the Little Bighorn, George Bradley of the St. Louis Brown Stockings threw the first official no-hitter on July 15, 1876.
And, so it goes. Is this a threat to our country? Some think it is.
Is The Declining Interest In History A Threat to Democracy?
"There is no scientific metric for gullibility. Nor can we quantitatively prove that civic ignorance imposes a political cost on society. These are questions of judgment. But if America’s origins tell us anything it is that a well-informed citizenry creates a stronger society. We may no longer be interested in history. History is still interested in us."