In the wake of violence in Charlottesville --- and the very real probability that more is to come --- it's never been more important for Americans to understand history through original writings, documents and spoken words. Why? It's the only way to equip ourselves with the truth and avoid repeating mistakes of the past.
Wednesday on radio, Glenn urged listeners to read the original words of great men who chose love over hate and peace over violence. Just as importantly, the words spoken and written by men who believed the opposite must be read.
In addition, given the uproar sweeping the nation over Confederate statues, reading and understanding the Constitution of the Confederate States is a must. What did the Confederates want? Why did they fight a war? Was it simply about states' rights --- or something more nefarious? The Confederate Constitution is a word-for-word duplicate of the United States Constitution --- with crucial and troubling differences regarding slavery.
Start here and learn the truth --- because it will set you free.
Here are five must-read original sources:
1 | Letters and Papers from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
2 | Letter From a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.
3 | My Non-violence by Mahatma Ghandi
4 | Constitution of the Confederate States by delegates from South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana
5 | Writings and Interviews by Malcolm X