RestoringHistory.US is an outgrowth of my family’s homeschool experience. We’ve been homeschooling since 2011, and part of what I want to accomplish through homeschooling is to make sure that my kids understand the Constitution and the founding principles of America. I learned very little about either from my own public school education, but I want more for my kids.
So, why study world history?
The path leading from tyranny to liberty
The founders did not invent our form of government in a vacuum. They were students of Greek and Roman history and of political thinkers such as Aristotle, Polybius, and Cicero. They studied the writings of their contemporaries who advanced principles of republican government, free market economics, and Natural Law: Montesquieu, Adam Smith, and John Locke, among others. They were also students of the Bible. Although they were not all "orthodox" Christians, they proclaimed the absolute necessity of public virtue, morality, or, as David Brog calls it, the "disinterested benevolence" of the Judeo-Christian tradition, in order to secure liberty in a republican government.
The path leading us progressively back to tyranny
By contrast, many of our leaders today seem to be students of:
- Machiavelli (use of deception and manipulation to consolidate power)
- Karl Marx (diminished property rights, heavy progressive income tax, pitting classes of people against each other, etc.)
- John Maynard Keynes (government "stimulus" spending)
- Richard Cloward & Frances Fox Piven (overloading the welfare system to force a socialist revolution)
- Saul Alinsky (whose community-organizing book Rules for Radicals contains an acknowledgment "to the very first radical" — Lucifer)
My personal path to RestoringHistory.US
Our family has used The Story of the World series for our primary history textbooks. The Story of the World activity books list age-appropriate books for children, but I also wanted to find movies that we could watch together as a family at night, to reinforce what we had studied during the day. I found myself spending a lot of time searching for the best movies and other resources to make history "come alive" for my kids. At the same time, I was searching for history books for myself, to start filling in the gaps in my own knowledge of history.
As we started homeschooling, I saw an opportunity to help other families find quality resources to improve their study of history and provide a conservative/libertarian perspective on topics. I had struggled since 2009 with finding the best way to use my time to have an impact on the culture. Since I’m a software developer, creating this website seemed like a natural way for me to do that, so I worked on the basic functionality of the RestoringHistory.US website and launched it in August 2013.
Determining the best way to balance my time has been difficult. There is so much to do (adding resources, blogging, promoting RestoringHistory.US on social media, adding new features, etc.), but, without funding, there is so little time for me to do it. I have a long list of features that I would like to add, such as support for YouTube videos and other free online resources (currently, only Amazon products can be listed), and support for other textbooks besides The Story of the World.
I plan to continue working on these new features and improving this website as much as I can in my spare time. If you would like to be notified when new resources and features have been added, please sign up for the monthly newsletter. Also, the Updates page is a convenient way to see what resources have been added since the last time you've been to the website.
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