On the posterity of history

Posted by · 5:28 pm · April 21st, 2008

I forgot to mention below that there were two specific moments in last night’s closing installment of “John Adams” that struck a definite chord with me. Both regarded the perception of history when it is given to interpretation and glorification, as Adams accosted a painter at his artistic license and as Giamatti read his warning in the closing monologue of the mini-series.

I was reminded of a book I’m flipping through lately, one that I recommend whole-hearted: “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” by James Loewen. Pick it up some time.

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