The movie Lincoln has inspired me to read the most popular textbooks on the US history because there were things in the film I didn’t know and found hard to understand. For example, when Blair says, “I’m a founder of this conservative anti-slavery party”, I find that hard to comprehend. I know, of course, that the Democrats were pro-slavery in the XIXth century but I don’t get that.
I will have a lot of time for non-work-related reading during my semi-sabbatical that starts in 6 days, so I have decided to read A History of the American People by Paul Johnson and A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The two authors belong to opposing ideological camps, which will help me see competing points of view. I will tell you what I discover as a result of my readings.