History defined is simply the past. A passage of time that continually advances and never ends. Our long-awaited future arrives, then departs for the past. So…history is, what it was.
Our national story is a significant undertaking of sifting and sorting through many facts of past events, people, and cultures. I expect an immense range of drama, truth, and opinion from many sources, and its history cannot be interpreted through the mindset of the 21st century but needs to be considered through the perception of those who lived before us. Prejudice and criticism cannot exist here because lives and events from the past were different. Judgment and morals were different. Our reality today is not the same reality to those who came before us.
The purpose of this study is to indulge my curiosity by mining U.S. history and objectively report my findings, and not to interpret subjectively — except within my comments.