"History is a clock that people use to tell their political and cultural time of day.
It is also a compass that people use to find themselves on the map of human geography. History tells a people where they've been, what they've been, where they are and what they are. Most importantly, history tells a people where they
still must go, what they still must be. The relationship of history to the people
is the same as a mother to her child."
John Henrik Clark