“Every historian discloses a new horizon.”
Not every historian, but every good historian. By good I mean historians who come to their fields of study with open, curious minds and follow the facts with a rigorously questioning mind. It was W.E.B. Du Bois and Eric Foner who documented the truth of Reconstruction from the Lost Cause myth that had been invented by early histories of the Civil War and post war era. The horizon they established was behind them. Du Bois and Foner turned that around but we are only just beginning to direct ourselves to that horizon.
Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Saturday and Sunday, Stacey will be selecting TODs from the archives of past postings. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like. It will be good for you, good for poets, and order from your local community bookstore and it will be good for them too.