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Calvin Coolidge Gets New Deal in Revisionist History

Earl29 Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 8:22 AM
He was also a classical scholar.
Roy323 Wrote: Feb 26, 2013 1:04 AM
abs-You're absolutely correct about the "Latin" (can't speak to the "Greek). I had no concept of my deficiency in the English until I married a woman who spoke two languages, but very little English! Kinda funny, but once in awhile I notice her perusing her Three Language Dictionary (after 42 years!) I reckon we all Learn, EH?
absinthe48 Wrote: Feb 25, 2013 12:33 PM
Dropping Latin and Greek from the school curriculum was a mistake, from my point of view. It severed Americans from the main currents of western civilization and it damaged our student's ability to read critically and to write intelligibly in English. Never mind Spanish. Somewhere along the way I picked up a quotation -- was it from Goethe via a teacher? -- that "the man who knows no tongue but his own cannot really know his own language." Or something to that effect. Diagramming English sentences is a breeze once one has learned to parse Latin.
For years, most Americans' vision of history has been shaped by the New Deal historians. Writing soon after Franklin Roosevelt's death, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and others celebrated his accomplishments and denigrated his opponents.

They were gifted writers, and many of their books were bestsellers. And they have persuaded many Americans -- Barack Obama definitely included -- that progress means an ever bigger government

In their view, the prosperous 1920s were a binge of mindless frivolity. The Depression of the 1930s was the inevitable hangover, for which FDR administered the cure.

That's one way to see it. But there are others, and...