So often we view history as an unchangeable fact of our past. We view it and read it as third parties through a textbook or through a computer screen. So why study it? What do I benefit from knowing statistics, years, names, and places? What do I gain from being able to create a timeline of Chinese history? Or lead an elaborate discussion about Civil Wartime Appalachia? Nothing. Knowing history, studying history, memorizing dates, and people, and places, frankly, is pointless. So why am I doing it?
History connects our world, it creates a formula for why things are happening today. The formula’s only goal is to answer one question:
Why are things the way that they are?
How can history be translated from simple statement facts into arguments that describe our world today? In this mission I have attempted to begin compiling history (visual in nature) that translates directly into the problems we see in the world today.
Knowing history is pointless if we refuse to see its relation to our modern world.
Despite the stereotypes surrounding the blandness of history we see that views are quite diverse and at strong points, messy. There is no easy way to retell history, Google can answer “When and where did the KKK rise in power in the Appalachian south?” in a short box quoted from Wikipedia. What Google can’t do so cleanly is answer the question of “Why did the KKK rise and remain in power in the Appalachian South?” The latter question are the questions that are important, because they represent a historical event in our past that directly affects our notions of the world today.
Below are links that display this visual story and as this section of whitlockandkey continues to grow my hope is that I can continue to add more exigency to these topics.