Forgotten Pieces of History, Like Jay's Treaty

As I have researched and read about our founding, I have discovered so many small items that don't get discussed or talked about.


In school, we only have so much time to teach on the subject. In life, we only have so much time to read. How do we make sure the pieces aren't forgotten.


I guess there are historians around the world who work to remember, to document and provide the information. At the same time I am doing this research, I am also re-reading 1984 by George Orwell so I am reminded of this passage:


"The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years ago. But where did that knowledge exist? Only in his own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed -- if all records told the same tale -- then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple?"


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury has all books banned and has them changing history to say that Benjamin Franklin was one of the first firemen (the ones who burned books).


While obviously an extreme version of what could happen, how do we honestly know what the truth of it is? How do we manage ourselves against such a possibility?


Therefore, it becomes not just important that we talk and share the information, but we must also cherish and keep safe the written word as it was done originally. Hunt and look for not only the new information brought to light, but also make sure that the original words have not now been cut or edited for any reason (good or bad).


Regarding Jay’s Treaty: John Jay was an American statesman and Founding Father who served many positions, including as the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and as the second Governor of New York state. He was sent to handle some problems that had come up after the original Treaty of Paris (where Britain officially recognized the USA as its own country). Despite many handicaps, he did manage to solve some things with what is commonly called Jay's Treaty.

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