Greetings – Our September topic looks at origin stories specific to the founding and evolution of the United States. I chose that constraint fully aware all cultures have origin stories, if not all communities, families and individuals.
I had an inkling things were not as easy and clean as we’ve been taught in school, when as a young adult I read how the early settlements – Jamestown and Plymouth, for example, included some very harsh, brutal stories that somehow never made it into our textbooks. That said, we need origin stories to provide unity and purpose for a society, knowing somewhere buried in there are truths that can only be hinted at, and which in the end provide important guideposts to help understand why our societies function the way the way they do today.
Here’s this month’s starter list. As always, feel free to send on other items you find of interest, which I’ll post before our next gathering …
- Book: The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America -The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675 – Bernard Bailyn.
- Book: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration – Isabel Wilkerson.
- Book: NY Times – Review: ‘White Trash’ Ruminates on an American Underclass – Nancy Isenberg.
- Podcast Series – Revisionist History – Malcolm Gladwell.