Saturday, June 3, 2017
Looking for that first turtle
First there is this.
And then there is this:
I have been reading about American involvement in Vietnam, but I have run into a problem that is metaphorically embraced in the foregoing link. Yes, locating the beginning is the problem. With each page of history turned back and revealed -- e.g., Johnson, Kennedy, Eisenhower, Truman, Roosevelt, and beyond -- I find another preceding page, another turtle, that must be considered. I guess that is a problem with studying history. It's so frustrating.
Perhaps my central problem is my overarching ignorance of American history. Yes, in order to understand America and Vietnam, I have to find the foundational turtle at the bottom. So, let me ask you: where is the beginning of the American story? What do you think?