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May 11, 2008 | Joel Hood, Chicago Tribune
Rob Walker is 28, and his brother, Michael, is 23 -- young enough to dream of life away from home but old enough to know they don't want to end up anywhere else. The Walker men are farmers, just as their father was before them, as his father was and so on back to the early origins of Illinois. Seven generations of Walkers have farmed this land that hugs the Indiana border in southeastern Illinois, a familial thread that spans 222 years of American history. The first Walker, Thomas, laid claim to the fertile property along the winding Wabash River in 1786.
September 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
Commonly used high school textbooks too often give students a picture of American history that is without color, passion, point or interest, a study released by the American Federation of Teachers said today. The 158-page critique by historian Paul Gagnon analyzed five books and said they neglect the role of religion in American history, give short shrift to Old World roots and fail to explore deeply the thinking of such major figures as Abraham Lincoln.
June 21, 1987
Thank you and congratulations to Channel 28 and PBS for broadcasting the Iran- contra hearings. Far from diminishing my interest, it has heightened my interest, even to canceling my other activities. As an American, I find it compelling to learn how our government has operated. This is history--American history, and extremely relevant. Gwendolyn F. Kozman, Irvine
August 12, 2012
Re "The slave link," Opinion, Aug. 8 Declaring President Obama a direct descendant of the first black American slave is an example of how history can be manufactured to satisfy contemporary excitement. John Punch was not the first legally defined slave in American history, as Erin Aubry Kaplan and others have declared. Massachusetts, not Virginia, was the first colony to legally recognize slavery. It legalized slavery in 1641, thus creating the first legal slaves in American history, while Virginia did not do so until 1662.
January 20, 1991
Once more, PBS has shown "The Civil War" series and once more I watched it in its entirety. It continues to hypnotize me with its hundreds of still pictures that are woven into a fascinating and touching story of that awful war that encompassed and destroyed the lives of so many people. This series should be shown in our schools because of the lack of knowledge our young people have of American history. Frederick D. Mullen, Upland
May 15, 1987
The Gary Hart episode reveals the hypocrisy of our society more than any recent event I can think of. If every man and woman in the country who has had an extramarital affair or a non-monogamous relationship had voted for Hart in the general election he would have won by the largest landslide in American history. FRED MORAMARCO San Diego
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