In my history classes, I lectured on this. Now I wish I had done more with the modern day application of the term. I often introduced the Greek root of idiot with our American revolutionary use of the terms, republicanism and radical Whigism.
The topic is everywhere in the news, but it has disappeared from college campuses.
Source: Why Did We Stop Teaching Political History? – The New York Times
I always included the Sam Wilson story in my lectures. Guess I will have to add this interpretation.
A professor has fleshed out a reference that predates traditional wisdom, which has long suggested that the nickname was derived from an upstate New York butcher.
Source: Alternate Uncle Sam Spotted in the Mists of New York History – The New York Times
Authoritarianism is ascendant and with it anti-rational bigotry. History does not end. It eddies.
Source: The Death of Liberalism – The New York Times
Perceived by conservatives as too progressive, Advanced Placement in United States history took a right turn and ended up in the middle.
Source: Taking the Politics Out of American History (and Out of A.P.) – The New York Times
The idea of American exceptionalism is explained, and is reminiscent of “city on a hill” concept discussed in class.
Candidates and the Truth About America – NYTimes.com.