History Made Easy

It seems that a lot of people don’t know much history.

Were we not taught? Have we just forgot?

  Not to worry. Fiction can fix it! 

 We’ll prove it by starting with the French and Indian War. (Your sighs and moans can be heard from here. Like, who cares? Why is it important?)

If our teacher told us why, we don’t remember. Not many of us paid much attention, if you recall. Because history was boring.

There was always one eager beaver, who would eventually become a history teacher because he loved the subject, but as you see, no one else seemed to care. Part of the reason is that history is usually taught with a lot of accompanying details, and gets very confusing.

But this is not a classroom, and you will not be told about historical events. You will be shown. Let’s start with this banner.

 

 

 

 

 

Does this look interesting? “Join or Die!” Downright revolutionary, don’t you think? Indeed, it was used during the Revolutionary War, by one colony or another, and is used today (“don’t tread on me”). But it originated before the Revolution, in 1754. It was a call to the colonies to work together, to protect and defend their western borders against the Indian attacks that had been plaguing the settlers. 

Representatives of all the colonies were to meet in Albany, New York.  It was Ben Franklin’s idea. In fact, Ben designed the above banner, hopefully to encourage attendance. William Shirley, governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, agreed  wholeheartedly with Ben and everyone did meet. But no agreement was reached because the colonies had never worked together before, and each was protective of their own interests. Submitting to the leadership of one colony over the others was a non-starter.

Politics has always led the way, which is another reason history is so difficult to teach and to learn!