Why History Matters

History must not be treated as something set off by itself," said Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, and that could well be the motto of our Making of America series. I'm Rick Stengel, and I'm delighted that my first issue as managing editor of TIME is our fifth annual Making of America issue. One of the great missions of TIME since we started 83 years ago has been explaining the challenges of the moment in the context of history--and relating the values of our history to the challenges of the moment. That's why we started the series in the first place--to explore how America...

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