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Thanks to many of you for excellent reports in class today. The people we discussed never held public office or proved to be heroes in time of war, but they were intelligent, innovative, hard-working individuals–ordinary citizens–who did some extraordinary things. We owe them a debt of gratitude because their inventions and innovations laid the foundation on which our prosperous society exists. If you like a healthy environment, clean water, quick transportation, almost instantaneous communication, food, comfortable homes, plumbing, and other good ‘stuff’, you can thank our American ancestors. Keep in mind that one generation builds upon the successes of past generations, so never sell the Americans of the 1800s short because they didn’t know about cell phones, computers, and the like. They took the technology of their day and improved it immensely! Little to none of these advancements would have been made, however, if we had relied on government rather than on the ingenuity of private citizens. So lets also be thankful for the ‘patents’ which protected their work and for our capitalistic economic system which allowed them to profit from their own work.
We will quickly conclude the material in chapters 10, 11, and 12 on April 22. Then we will be ready to go west to begin settling the remainder of the country as we know it today. It was an exciting time in our history, so embrace the chance to study it.
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