On June 30, 2008, Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States, gave a speech on patriotism in Independence, Missouri. he talked about Lexington and Concord, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, Lincoln, the Civil War, the 1960s, and Watergate. It was one of many of Obama’s historically informed speeches.
At the 22:00 minute marks he starts extolling the virtue of history and civics education. Sadly, when Obama got into office he shifted his emphasis to STEM education. But I digress.
Watch the speech here:
Later in that day I started a blog called “The Way of Improvement Leads Home.” Here is my first post:
Well, I have finally given in to my blogging impulse. For the past year I have been doing some occasional blogging over at Religion and American History, but I have never held forth on my own site before.
I hope to use this blog to update you on what is happening with The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment. I hope to keep this blog focused on events, reviews, thoughts, and anything else related to the book. I am not sure how long this blogging experiment will last, but for those of you interested in the book I hope you find something useful here.
The Way of Improvement Leads Home blog was founded in the final months of the George W. Bush administration, but most of my writing here has happened in the Obama administration.
As the Obama presidency comes to end I decided to go back and look about what I have said about Obama here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home. Here are some of my favorite posts:
The Intellectual Habits of Barack Obama (January 16, 2017)
Tweeting Obama’s Farewell Address (January 11, 2017)
Obama and Coates Talk Race (December 22, 2016)
Barack Obama in the Wake of Sandy Hook (December 17, 2016)
“The Personal is Presidential” (July 15, 2016)
Barack Obama: Historical Thinker (February 11, 2016)
Thoughts on Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech (February 5, 2016)
Barack Obama’s Amazing Prayer Breakfast Speech (February 7,. 2015)
Op-Ed: Why Do People Still Think Obama is a Muslim? (September 22, 2015)
Obama, “Under God,” and the Gettysburg Address (November 19, 2013)
The Antihistory Presidency (February 13, 2013)
The Founding Fathers, Barack Obama, and “Taking Care of Our Own (September 12, 2012)
The Culture Wars Are Real (February 22, 2012)
This Week’s Patheos Column: “Would You Vote for This Man?” (February 15, 2012)
Obama in Tuscon (January 13, 2011)
Obama and the Mosque (September 7, 2010)
Does Obama have a White Working Class Problem? (February 6, 2010)
Is Obama More Christian Than George Washington? (June 10, 2009)