My Experiment (2009 – 2018)
Every month for 9 years, I have shared a portion of our American history. In sharing our history, I wanted to see if I could help create more excitement in my community for our Founding history. Could that excitement lead others to become more involved in my community? Could I help increase local shopping, a higher interest in local civics, and an increase in voter turnout? I also wanted to see if I could help lessen some of the divisions created by political parties and, instead, bring more unity. Did my experiment work? I do not see a difference, but maybe I planted some seeds.
I, for one, gained valuable knowledge and respect for our Founding history. The opportunity to share what I have learned in front of audiences helped strengthen my public speaking and confidence. The supportive feedback from many of you has been encouraging. By far, the strangest thing that occurred was when some believed two of my letters were political, thereby ending their use in local schools. (Marquis de Lafayette: Lafayette loved America (1777) & Marquis de Lafayette: America loved Lafayette (1834))
My life has taken a new turn; therefore, my November 2018 history letter will be my last. RetraceOurSteps.com is still available and currently has over 2000 quotes from our Founding Fathers. I hope to continue adding to this resource as time permits.
What is next?
What is next in my life? I am not sure. I am positive, however, and believe that with God, life will continue to be very blessed. Thank you for allowing me to share our Amazing History!
James Still (Oct 2018), RetraceOurSteps.com
“No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.” George Washington, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789
“The Men are to wash themselves this afternoon & appear as clean and decent as possible. Seven o’clock this evening is appointed that we may publicly unite in thanksgivings to the supreme Disposer of human Events for the Victory which was obtained on Sunday over the Flower of the British Troops.” George Washington, General Orders, June 30, 1778
“… should we wander from [the Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.” Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801; RetraceOurSteps.com