Growing Up History : My Family 's Lineage Essay

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Growing up history was my favorite subject in school. I would read books that gave me a glimpse into the life of those before me. My fascination surrounded the period in which my grandparents grew up. They would tell me stories about what life was like and what it meant to live in a world following the Great Depression. Thus, my understanding of history helped me to better understand and appreciate my grandparents. Why they liked certain musicians, movies, literature, political parties, and so on became more evident as I learned about their past. I was also obsessed with my family’s lineage. My mother would tell me about her grandparents, and how they came to America. From Ireland my ancestors were taken hostage and brought to America as indentured servants. While from Italy my ancestors came to America as refugees, fleeing the Sicilian mafia. To me it is important to understand and acknowledge my grandparents and our ancestors, because every breather I take is because of them. Knowing their world helps me to know mine. That is what history is to me. History is understanding that the past, present, and future are interconnected and dependent on each other. The past gives us foundation for our future, and guides us understand the world’s patterns. William Faulkner once wrote, “The past is never dead. It is not even past” (Faulkner 1951). While this is a cliché and overused, it is nonetheless accurate and meaningful. The past is always thriving and present in our everyday…

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