- Historic Sites
Charles P. Curtis
The late Charles P. Curtis, who died this past December, was a distinguished Boston attorney and the author of a number of books, including The Oppenheimer Case, Lions Under the Throne , and (with Ferris Greenslet) The Practical Cogitator , an anthology. Claude Moore Fuess, the headmaster emeritus of Phillips Academy, Andover, is well known for his fine biography of Daniel Webster. He is now writing a book to be called American Private Schools and Headmasters . These articles were originally prepared for and read at a meeting of the Massachusetts Historical Society on November 13, 1958.
Why do we need a national nonprofit membership society for American history?
“Save America’s Treasures” has been totally eliminated—the largest Federal program supporting preservation of such treasures as the original Star Spangled Banner and George Washington’s tent.
65% of Americans don’t know what happened at the Constitutional Convention, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
The “Teaching American History” grants—the largest Federal program supporting history education—have been completely eliminated.
Visits to the Top 20 Civil War battlefields have dropped in half from 1970 to 2009 according to official National Park Service statistics.
40% of Americans can’t identify whom we fought in World War II, according to a recent survey by Newsweek.
A quarter of Americans believe Congress shares power over U.S. foreign policy with the United Nations, according to a recent Annenberg survey.
“There is little that is more important for an American citizen to know than the history and traditions of his country,” John F. Kennedy wrote in American Heritage.
The “We the People Program,” which touched some 30 million students and 90,000 teachers over 25 years, has been completely eliminated.
Two-thirds of Americans could not correctly name Yorktown as the last major military action of the American Revolution, according to a recent national Gallup survey.
The National Heritage Areas and Scenic Byways program, the only major Federal program encouraging visits to historic places, has been completely eliminated in Congressional committee.