The Founders of the American experiment in democracy assumed that understanding American history was essential in a Union where publicspirited citizenship and the capacity to live under laws “wholesome and necessary for the public good” would characterize the new nation. To proceed without the knowledge of history, in their view, was a sure path to “a tragedy or a farce.”
About Ralph Ketcham
Ralph Ketcham is Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He specializes in American political thought, the era of American Revolution, public policy, and comparative political cultures. He is the author of James Madison, A Biography (1971, 1991).