My cousin (on my mom's side) Nancy wrote this back in 1976 on the first of five index cards that I assume were prompts for some kind of oral presentation she was to give in school on the topic of a class paper she wrote on Michael Hillegas.
Michael Hillegas -- as you all know -- was the first Treasurer of the United States of America, as we're all taught in school.
When my cousin wrote her paper, she didn't have the luxury of going to the Internets to learn about Hillegas, so she and my aunt Grace sent away to the National Archives in D.C. for photocopies of relevant materials. My aunt recently sent me these materials, and Nancy's school paper.
In her index cards, Nancy continued: "Some of the writers who have prepared our history text books have been biased by their own religious and cultural backgrounds, thus depriving the readers of important facts of our nation's history."
Thanks, Cuz, for representin' back in the day for your newest little cousins James and Kristina, and for puttin' a shout out for the need for a more inclusive and representative historical narrative!* You must have known that little cousin Jimmy would grow up to be a historian! Also, I commend your deep understanding of some of the key factors that influence the practice of history (and all other cultural endeavors), particularly considering you were about 14 at the time. Bravo!
Below are images of a key once owned (I think?) by Michael Hillegas, or one of his descendants (not me). City of Portland Archivist (and fellow Northwest History Network member) Brian Johnson sent these images to me the other day.
* I know, I don't do this kind of slangy-talk very well.