The upcoming crop of presidential hopefuls are stretching their (and our) intellectual muscle — tossing out historical references to the early years of the area commonly know as “North America.” Being a mild mannered librarian, I try to avoid statements sans citation and I wondered if I could find a .gov source to help the politicians avoid gaffes. Perhaps a pre-primary test… first to mind is the National Endowment for the Humanities — here is the Resource Guide for Educators (alas no guide for politicians) which includes an informative section on Grant Wood’s The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere. However, this may not be the best source — after all — NEH represents discretionary spending — it has to be cut. But of course, the next logical (and well funded) source is the National Defense University, they are educating the warrior class, can’t be too far from the political realm. My cram suggestion is to peruse the NDU’s suggested reading list.