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Why History Is Important:

“History is our myth, our story, our dream of reality, grounded in the context of the past but created to inform the future.”

 

This 8th grade class at Freedom Middle School exists to encourage the study of and interest in American History for all those who care for it.  History is important because:

  • Studying history provides an account of the ways in which a particular society has changed and developed over time.

  • History presents an opportunity to analyse and determine what actually occurred during a particular event and why.

  • History provides a narrative of the ways in which a society has functioned in the past.

  • History reveals characteristics of nations that set them apart from other nations.

  • History reveals the ways in which societies communicate and interact with each other.

  • History helps us define our identity – who we are, where we come from and how we are connected.

This course is what is called a “survey” course in American history.  Our study commences with the birth of our nation in the Revolutionary War period, and concludes with the aftermath of the Civil War and Reconstruction. 
We will approach history as the living, breathing testament to both where our nation has been and where it is going, and over the course of the year we will examine the experiences of the myriad of groups, individuals, and political and social movements that have come to define our heritage. 

Course Objectives:

1) To develop an appreciation of the multicultural, pluralistic nature of U.S. society in the context of the principles of democracy

 

2) To understand and appreciate American ideals as expressed in historical documents, speeches, songs, art, and symbolic representations and rituals

 

3) To recognize that our country’s original ideals are ever-evolving and in need of constant protection and reaffirmation