Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Member of the Year
- Feb 20, 2005
- Ocala, FL (as of December, 2015).
We judge past historical events all the time. How else are we to learn from history?The public opinion against Taney is really a product of the existence of Presentism in our society today. The practice of Presentism
is a problem today in the depictions of historical events of the past. The act of judging past actions by current standards and interpreting past events in terms of modern values exists in today’s historical analysis. Some modern scholars and historians try to avoid presentism in their work because it results in a distorted depiction of historical events. Standards and cultural values have changed over time. History should be viewed and interpreted in relation to the era when the events occurred and not in present day terms. In regards to Taney, you really can’t judge the actions of someone who was born over 200 years ago by today’s standards because values have changed over time. Some people believe that presentism can result in a form of cultural bias and a distorted view of the past which may be true.