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The essence of American history

Recent political events spur interest in historical ones

by Randi Bjornstad

Whether you like the outcome of the 2004 presidential election or not, the fervor leading up to it offers some useful glimpses into the civic-mindedness of people in this country.

For one thing, it proves that people still can become passionate about politics, even if–or perhaps especially when–the driving force in that interest grows out of religious ideology.

For

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