On Quora, I saw a post by someone with a credential of "Eleven generations of the American Dream" (paraphrase, as it caught my mind and grabbed hold, for good reason). Yes, indeed. That is what I have been writing about. Except? The American dream? No, it's not Harvard's view or any of the others that have been proposed. No, let's discuss this thing.
Come along for the ride, as we have a relook at the American experience, once again.
Lately, an index of images has been presented on both portals (TGSoc.org). This maps back to the blog and is not dissimilar to the ones on the right which shows posts by relative views. Our index covers all years and pulls things of interest. To whom one might ask? One applying a curator's view. Of course, there are several of these, so the thing might be thought of as a group of curators.
|John Gardner and |
the Merrimack River
We can start the arrival, with something on the 'before the arrival' (Cape Ann Retrospective) period. Or, we can look at the various houses (Sarah Balch). Earlier, John's working with the crew that mapped the Merrimack would be apropos. He was young, and probably the muscle for the older gents, but, hey, it was an experience.
Lots of material and opportunity to relook at the American dream, as the times seem to indicate this as a necessity.
The timeline would be only one of many categories. And, the stories would vary from the general view to the more academic. After all, we did mention Harvard which brings in Nathaniel Eaton from an entirely different view.
|Going by boat|
How about looking at the early western movers? Some went by boat; others by land. Lots and lots of stuff happened, though the the actions of people, over the 400 years.
Finally, we would get to the last 100 years and things like The Massachusetts Magazine, the complete cover up of the lost bodies (A new twist), and much more. As suggested, there is no end to the growing necessity for history told in the views of people, families, groups, and others who do things and who do not just get other people to do things or just write (say Thomas Gardner versus John Winthrop - his son, fortunately, was a doer - Ipswich, et al).
In the FB post at Gardner Research, I mentioned technology and having worked in the roll-your-own for many years (commercial rather than Open Source). We had to, as need always preceded the tool/system. Now, we have things being pushed out to which we are to adapt. This is brief. We'll be getting back to this theme, lots of times.
Remarks: Modified: 12/30/2018
12/30/2018 -- The 400ths will be one theme next year.