In high school, I found history class to be very boring. Sure, I was enthralled by the idea of history, learning about battles, and how our world has changed over time, but the classes themselves were boring because they were lecture-based. 509 more words
Nick Sacco has an interesting discussion based on a lecture by noted Civil War Historian Gary Gallagher about Gettysburg. Sacco talks about how Gallagher distinguishes between "history" and "memory." "Memory" tends to color historical events because it often makes them seem inevitable, even if they are not. Sacco states that Gallagher's discussion explains why historians should always be careful when using primary source documents. Check out Gallagher's lecture and Sacco's discussion.