even the well-document history will undergo reexamination

As originally published 1862 in The Atlantic M...
As originally published 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But cracks in this consensus are appearing with growing frequency, for example in studies like America Aflame, by historian David Goldfield. Goldfield states on the first page that the war was “America’s greatest failure.” He goes on to impeach politicians, extremists, and the influence of evangelical Christianity for polarizing the nation to the point where compromise or reasoned debate became impossible.

via 150 Years of Misunderstanding the Civil War – Tony Horwitz – The Atlantic.

People detest history that is revised according to new facts and figures, but this is rather interesting. We know — those who study such tings — the history of the War between 1861 and 1865 has undergone constant revision since the final shots of the war. We must remember how well documented it is — and how well submitted it is to propaganda. This is a great read…

… and one worth considering when we are trying to read the Gospels and early Christian writings (and the more so when Christians detail their own history).

Anyway, this is a great read!

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One Reply to “even the well-document history will undergo reexamination”

  1. According to my computer, the link to the Atlantic Monthly article is invalid.
    Toward the end of World War II, George Orwell noted, “History is written by the winners.” Of course, as we all know – or should know – those winners eventually die. In time, their prejudices fade as their bodies decay and fresh perspectives emerge. As a result, history often gets rewritten.
    Perhaps one of the grander victims of a historical rewrite was Colonel George Armstrong Custer. After graduating at the bottom of his class from West Point, Custer rose through the ranks as both an accident of time and place as well as his political and military connections. Then, his death in the Greasy Grass all but elevated him to mythical status.
    Yet, more mature history has been unkind to the colonel. There was that affair with a 17-year-old Native girl resulting in the birth of at least on illegitimate child. It is also possible that Custer last stand consisted of getting knocked out of the saddle by a female warrior! Forensic archeology further suggests that the colonel’s command skills were quite deficient when he needed them most.
    In the end, there are no rewards for simply preserving the status quo. To become famous, one must come up with something new. This, too, encourages historical rewrites and other reexaminations.

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