Why History? by Eden Morris

It is common for students to dread history class. A lot of students view history class as a place where they are forced to learn and stare at the pictures of people who are only a pile of bones under the ground.

I do not fit this stereotype. I love and have a fascination with history of all cultures and time periods. Setting opinions aside, why do students have to learn history? The general answer would be to learn from the mistakes of the past, but it is much deeper than that. History gives us a lens for understanding people around us and what makes them unique. When one opens a history book, one has opened a door for a world of perception to be used not only for head knowledge, but for applications to use in present day life.

Knowing what others believe, I can open up an entire new perspective for myself on the events happening in the present world. For example, I am currently studying American History. This year I learned about the extreme racial tensions in America that led to the start of the Civil War. I am also studying Southern authors in American Literature who reveal the same tense conflict by writing about the murder of an African American man whose goal was to persuade America to allow African Americans to vote. The author exposes the murderer’s heart issue and why someone would hate another race so much. By using this information learned in class, I can analyze the racial tensions still going on to this day and identify the root of the issue. I can also take it to a positive light and see how far America has come with racial tensions and how it is slowly fading away. Having awareness for what is going on in the world will benefit you in understanding others and where they come from. 

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