The study of history puts a man in his proper place in relation to the world. As Polybius shows us, the study of history is vital in training a man for a public life – a life concerned with the welfare of his people and country. History is where we see the intersection of the moral and immoral with the prudent and imprudent. By examining the causes of human action, history helps us to do the right thing in the right way. As Americans we are all called to live public lives, and so therefore the study of History is essential.