Reasons Why Americans Should Learn History

And not just “American” History.

Following are some stories, information, and events every scholar should know. Read the list over and see if you can guess what they all hve in common:

1. The story of the Iliad, in particular, the trial scene from the shield of Achilles

2. Roman praetorians and their function in society

3. Julian

4. Justinian and the Corpus Juris

5. King John and the Magna Carta

6. The Chancellor publishing the first Statute of Westminister

7. Lord Coke and King James

8. Chief Justice Marshall and Justice Story.

What do they all have in common? They are all depicted in bronze relief panels on the doors of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Their story is our story.

The panels on the 6.5 ton doors illustrate great moments in the history of the law. That history is our history, because we are a society based upon the Rule of Law.

Incidently, when John Marshall delivered the court’s verdict in Marbury vs. Madison, that was the first time an act of Congress was declared unconstitutional. Equuschick blogged about it previously here, and looked into researching it at the Library of Congress yesterday. We are having a wonderful time, my dears, wish you were here.


The Supreme Court Building

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