Why Study History?

In 1831, the Reverend Charles A. Goodrich wrote a history of the United States. In the "Introduction" to the text, he proposes four reasons for studying history. How do you respond to the Reverend Goodrich?

If you are responding as an historical figure or from the point of view of an historical period, please be sure to list the individual's name or the dates from which your comments are inspired.

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