While growing up, I disliked history class. Eventually, we would spend an inordinate amount of time on the slavery block. Since, often times, I was the only black student, others would glance at me as if to ask, “so what do you think?” I would stare back at them as if to ask, “so what do YOU think!?” and they would quickly look away. It was uncomfortable for all and not conducive to learning.
In college, my views of history significantly changed because we primarily studied military history which, for me, was both interesting and relevant. I enjoyed learning about the war philosophies of Carl Clausewitz and Sun Tzu. I really liked the full semester on Napoleonic warfare and reading about WWII was the bomb (pun intended). The sturdy of the Normandy Invasion sparked my interest in Military Intelligence. One of the best block of instructions was on the Civil War and, with the recent discussions about monuments, I am thrilled to go back to the study of this important part of US history. What I’m learning and relearning is fascinating. However, unless we are talking. you should still be cautious about glancing at me.