Sheridan Shorts can also be titled “History Sidelights”. But “Sheridan Shorts” is more fun.
A sidelight is “a piece of information that is in addition to the main information.” On this page we will develop in greater detail and give additional information on events that were skimmed over in our main history courses.
“I am not thinking of those shining precepts which are the registered property of every school; that is to say — learn as much by writing as by reading; be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites; keep men and things apart; guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing; be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not overlook the strength of the bad cause of the weakness of the good; never be surprised by the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton; judge talent at its best and character at its worst; suspect power more than vice, and study problems in preference to periods.” Lord Acton on The Study of History, 1895
The Constitution, The Yazoo Fraud, and the Indian Removal Act http://sheridanhistory.com/the-constitution-the-yazoo-fraud-and-the-indian-removal-act/
Manifest Destiny and Guadalupe Hidalgo: How Corrupt Christianity and Slave-Holders Conspired to Steal the West http://sheridanhistory.com/manifest-destiny-and-guadalupe-hidalgo-how-corrupt-christianity-and-slave-holders-conspired-to-steal-the-west/
The History of Thanksgiving http://sheridanhistory.com/the-history-of-thanksgiving-2015/