I am Mr. West, an associate professor for Angelo State University. I teach dual credit U.S. History for Frenship High School. I have been teaching for about fifteen years now. I greatly enjoy teaching history because it is so relevant to events happening in the U.S. and around the world. It is satisfying to know I can examine an event today and trace its roots to other events in U.S. or world history. The saying that history repeats itself, but just not in the exact same way is relevant and true today. For example, we are entering a second cold war, not with the USSR but with the People's Republic of China. The events of the cold war are happening again.
A little about me. I graduated from Texas Tech in 1981 with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education. I am one of only 8% of the population who dropped out of college twice and still earned a degree. I have a M.A. in U.S.. History that I earned in 1987. That degree made me one of only 2% of the population to drop out of college twice and obtain a Master's. I started my master's in European History. My first thesis was to be about a Croatian terrorist group called the Ustashi. I decided that I should go into U.S. History because I would have to have studied in Czechoslovakia, which was under communist rule at the time. I wrote my Master's Thesis on Ector's Brigade in the Civil War. This was a brigade from Texas. Ector County is named for him.
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