I have to disagree.
Classic literature teaches us what human nature is, and that it never changes.
It teaches that there will always be jackasses that want to control you; to regulate every aspect of your life for their own sadistic pleasure. They will say it’s for various important reasons, but it always comes back to their pleasure in causing you inconvenience or even pain.
Books also teach that unless you resist them, you will spend the rest of your life under their thumb.
This is not to say you shouldn’t read about Lexington and Concord, but you should consider that there are many ways besides an outright revolution that these jackasses will want to control your every thought, and classic literature is a way to do that.
In general I think your synopsis is correct, but these are just generalities about some nebulous control freaks that really have no bearing. It’s not specific like our own story. That’s what makes it so stark. We had an actual king and actual Americans.
The problem I have is that American history always gets pushed to the side. We only have 24 hours in a day. We only have 7 days in a week. We only have 365 days in a year. By the time we get recommendations for “the classics”, by the time we get recommendations for great European leaders, by the time we get recommendations and end up reading socialist works, and by the time we get recommendations for some stupid hollywood movie that someone thought they saw some sliver of conservatism in one single line of the movie, by the time we are inundated with tales of World War II, by the time we spend a week discussing the latest media outrage, by the time we discuss the latest outrage from congress, there’s not much time and ability left. I have little doubt you could on your own come up with 5 different and unique distractions, from sports to big tech to other corporate chicanery.
I have very little doubt that many users around here have more knowledge about various Russian czars and Charlemagne(Charles the Great) than they do our own Founders say John Hancock, James Otis, or General Warren, and most importantly the role of King George III and Parliament in the entire situation. Keep an eye on FR, you’ll see it.
About the only thing that’s left that anybody can make time for is the Federalist Papers. That’s really the one and only thing that I see a distinct general knowledge of. Which is heartbreaking considering how in-depth and illuminous America’s founding history actually is in its totality. America’s founding history just gets pushed aside. And with the Federalist often times its not even a full throated discussion of the papers, let’s just get some quotes and fit them into our own views(many out of context) instead of us molding our views in the 21st century to the Founders.
And then we have the lack of recommendation about the Abolitionist era and the even worse recommendation coverage of the progressive era.
This problem is a widespread and systemic cancer. We can’t defend our country this way!
That’s why progressives own history. There’s no opposition, certainly not from us. This is simple addition:
No knowledge of the founders
No knowledge of the abolitionist era
No knowledge of the progressive era
The 1619 Project.