The first book being read and passed around is Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue by David J. Bobb. As you might expect, it is a book that celebrates much of what is good and virtuous about the United States of America. And considering the people Bobb profiles — Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass, to name a few — it’s hard to argue with him.
But all of us, Americans and non-Americans alike, know that the history of the United States is far more nuanced than could ever be captured in 188 pages about a handful of people and how they embodied a single virtue.
Which is perfectly fine. It makes sense. And it’s what makes the history of the United States such a compelling prism through which to view and learn about primility. [Read more…] about A Hardcore Lesson in American Primility