EDITORS HARVARD HERALD: At this season of the year, when the elective pamphlet is soon to come out and when men are beginning to think of the courses they are to take next winter, it is not unfitting to remark on the unpardonable incompleteness of the history department. There are ample opportunities for studying European history, but, with the exception of two electives in the constitutional and political history, there is absolutely no attention given to America, in either its colonial or national existence. No one can properly understand our institutions or ideas without a knowledge of our early colonial and national history; and yet, in spite of this fact, there is not a single course in either of these branches.
The college powers are to blame for this state of affairs, but we, the students, are also to be censured because we do not take interest enough to demand electives in American history. It cannot be denied that every young American should have more than a school knowledge of his country's history. To disregard it shows a want of pride in our native land and a lack of appreciation of, our ancestors whose trials and labors made us what we are.