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We Need to Re-Think Some Key Historical Legends.

Gary North

The textbook accounts are woefully slanted. We need to re-think them. But we have not had the troops to do this.

Ever since the end of World War II, the historical profession has favored the New Deal. Historians have interpreted American history as if it were little more than a prelude to the New Deal. Arthur Schlessinger, Jr. is the classic example. He wrote a three-volume press release with footnotes on the New Deal. Then he reinterpreted Andrew Jackson as a forerunner of Franklin Roosevelt. He got away with it. He ended his days wringing his hands about "the imperial presidency," as if Emperor Franklin had not consolidated what King Woodrow had begun.

But it is not just American history that needs revisions. So does European history. Here, historians have viewed the past as the prelude to the French Revolution, nationalism, and the welfare state.

How did this happen in academia? Accreditation is part of the story.

This list is merely a series of suggestions for revisionism.

History: European -- Political Theory
Gary North
Textbook accounts of the history of Western political theory generally begin with an unstated presupposition: man is saved by politics. This is an application of theology: man is saved by law. This view is wrong. . . . keep reading
History: American -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Gary North
Three letters -- F, D, and R -- prove that America is a statist bureaucracy and will remain so during my lifetime. You had better make plans accordingly. . . . keep reading
History: American -- University Accreditation
Gary North
Universities are the most solidly politically liberal of all institutions in the United States. They have a government-licensed oligopoly. How did they get this? There is no study of this grant of privilege. . . . keep reading
History: American -- Constitutional Law Textbook
Gary North
From the earliest colonial constitution -- Connecticut's (1639) -- to the latest Supreme Court decision, there has been change. We need a textbook that surveys this change in terms of fundamental themes of law and liberty. . . . keep reading
History: European -- The Two Wings of the Enlightenment
Gary North
When people speak of the Enlightenment, they rarely understand that there were two wings. These were agreed on some issues and went to war -- literally (1793) -- on other issues. Western thought has been divided ever since 1750 or thereabouts. . . . keep reading
History: European -- Natural Law Theory
Gary North
Natural law theory was developed by Stoic philosophers after the Roman Empire replaced Alexander's empire. It was basic to Western social thought until Darwin's theory undermined faith in nature as normative. We need a history of this development. . . . keep reading