Historical Awareness is a term that loosely means that we (the public) are historians. History like memory is constantly recording, organizing, and understanding data that gives us our identity over time. It also means that history can be skewed and distorted from its actual truth. A hodgepodge of traditions, nostalgia, and modern progress that historians are constantly trying to sort and break through. However, to get past that historians must rely on and use these three principles to understand Historical Awareness. The first, difference, is the recognition that history is constantly changing, evolving and not stagnant. Then after seeing the difference, you must understand and explain it. By being able to place it in a historical setting, that history is gaining context. The final principle is historical process, which is making connection between the past to the present.These things together, I believe, help people gain perspective. 

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