The use of American literature in the teaching of American history
Keller, Robert Gilhart
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Since colonial days the people of the United States have had the conviction that an enlightened citizenry essential to our way of life. They insisted upon the addition of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution because, among other things, it guaranteed to them the right to have access to information and to discuss it freely, singly or in groups. Our people have also recognized that in order to use this information adequately they must have a sufficient knowledge and understanding of our history. Toward this end most of our states have passed laws which require the teaching of history in our schools. Their reasons for doing so have been set forth very well in the following.