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  • #16118

    DanChisum
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    Hello all,I'm Dan and I live in Fort Worth, Texas.  I'm not a native Texan though, but I was born and raised in California and I graduated from college in South Dakota.  Like Jamie I should have gotten a history degree and didn't, but I'm trying to make up for it by learning about history as much as possible.  I've always loved England and English history even if it is confusing on occasion.  I am also a huge fan of the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and Manchester United (Is a Man U fan allowed to become a member  ;D)I've only been listen to the podcast for a couple weeks and I'm currently on episode 33.....please...no spoilers  ;D

  • #19854

    anonymous
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    G'Day Dan from another Dan,I am really impressed by how many American Anglophiles there are on this forum.The few Americans I have met down here in Aussie, and most of what I see from Hollywood, etc, had given me the impression that all Americans still felt a bit sore towards the British about the Revolutionary War, I hope you don't have to be discrete at dinner parties about your positive feelings towards British History?Cheers and I am sure you will like this podcast.

  • #19855

    anonymous
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    Why would we be sore about the Revolution?  We won.  Movies set back then do play up the “King George was a tyrant and the colonists were horribly oppressed” trope that we get taught in school, but other than that in my experience Americans are either big fans of the UK or pay it no mind at all.

  • #19856

    DanChisum
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    I've always loved history and the US only had a history that is just over 200 years while in Europe the history is thousands of years old.  It's interesting to see how decisions made thousands of years ago still affect us.

  • #19857

    ScottFM
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    I've always loved history and the US only had a history that is just over 200 years while in Europe the history is thousands of years old.  It's interesting to see how decisions made thousands of years ago still affect us.

    While it is a future topic for the BHP I would say that American history really starts in the 1600 with the English Civil Wars and possible as far back as the 1200s if one considers the Magna Carta. The English Civil wars and the battle of Protestants v. Catholics really set the stage for the Pilgrim and Puritan emigration to America. The feelings towards religion and the real fear of a state endorsed religion with all of its baggage and mandates was a large reason why America had the 1st Amendment. A lot of the letters of that era reflect the almost current events fears of religious power. Of course many of the ideas of freedom in what would become America is also tied to the ideals of the Magna Carte. So while Americans tend to think of their country as only a few hundred years old, European events, especially English ones probably had a great deal of pertinence to American history. Least I should forget, there were people in America long before Europeans. Americans tend to forget that at one time their future country hosted one of the largest  cities in the world. FWIW the Cahokians, in present day Illinois, had a thriving civilization between 600-1400 CE. It just is that they did not have a society that survived the European invasions. To the victor go the spoils. It is why we also have a difficult time knowing and understanding the culture of the Druids and Celts.

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