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Haunted America, the Value of History

Summary: Examines the essay Haunted America, by Patricia Nelson Limerick. Ponders whether or not there is any benefit for society to have historical knowledge. Discusses if society learns from the past.
In the essay Haunted America, Patricia Nelson Limerick ponders whether or not there is any benefit for society to have historical knowledge. Limerick contradicts herself numerous times in her opinion on the usefulness of history. She implies that there are many lessons that can be learned from history. However, Limerick is disappointed in the human race because it fails to learn from the mistakes of others. She therefore wonders, "What do we gain besides a revival and restoration of the misery"" (Limerick, 473). Based on Limerick's examination of people and history, one can conclude that objectively history is useless, however, theoretically, people would be much better off if they learned from the lessons that the past presents.

To an extent, history is detrimental to modern readers because it presents them with a record of the people's past miseries. For example, when one reads about the...

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