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Book reviews. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XI. Pages...
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Book reviews. Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia. Volume XI. Pages 233-240.
American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
10 January 2014
Philadelphia : American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia
BOOK REVIEWS HISTORY IN OUR SCHOOLS.--An announcement for the department of School Text Book Reviews. Our recent political history is not without instruction, and it would be well if we only learned the lesson which it teaches. The benefit of our experience should be secured to at least our immediate successors, and it is desirable to preserve and transmit it to more distant posterity. National disaster will be the inevitable consequence of national indifference to the warnings of historical science. A young and vigorous exist- ence, together with boundless resources, has hitherto prevented any injuries to the general welfare which have not been easily and promptly repaired. But no prosperity however great and no coniidence in our destiny can justify an experimental sys- tem of administration. Any policy based on these notions must, from time to time, be marked by serious blunders. These, it is true, would not soon prove fatal, but they would contribute gradually to lower our ideals of public characters. When our splendid traditions are forgotten errors will acquire the force of precedents, and it is not impossible that they may ultimately come to be regarded as a principal cause of our prosperity. Concrete illustrations of these observations will suggest themselves to every student of American history. An accurate knowledge of economics and of public law would have made it possible for our statesmen to have exam- ined in an humane and enlightened spirit every great question that has arisen during the generation just drawing to a close. This familiarity with political economy and international law, however, can be generally acquired in no other way than by a more intensive study of our history than it is customary for most educational institutions to require. No dependence can be placed upon a sufiicient supply of “ self-made ” men, and until we can form some estimate of the frequency of their appearance we must submit to the guidance of leaders who have made themselves acquainted in their school and college 333