Remembering Reconstruction for What It Was


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From the final paragraph, here's the real goal of so many "historians" these days:

The Civil War and Reconstruction eras live with us in 2019. Both for people in the Depression and the here and now, arguing about history and memory is not merely a sideshow to larger debates about political economy. Instead, it is another critical front in reshaping American society for the better.​
The purpose is not to learn about and understand the past. "History" is just another tool in the hands of modern day activists to reshape society in the way they think best. It's fundamentally dishonest and destructive. And the activism is, ironically, couched as "they lied about history for political reasons in the past, but we're telling the truth now", when the reality is that men like Robert Greene II, author of this article, are doing the very thing they accuse FDR of doing: creating a narrative of the past using selected facts that suit their modern day political purposes.
 

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From the final paragraph, here's the real goal of so many "historians" these days:

The Civil War and Reconstruction eras live with us in 2019. Both for people in the Depression and the here and now, arguing about history and memory is not merely a sideshow to larger debates about political economy. Instead, it is another critical front in reshaping American society for the better.​
The purpose is not to learn about and understand the past. "History" is just another tool in the hands of modern day activists to reshape society in the way they think best. It's fundamentally dishonest and destructive. And the activism is, ironically, couched as "they lied about history for political reasons in the past, but we're telling the truth now", when the reality is that men like Robert Greene II, author of this article, are doing the very thing they accuse FDR of doing: creating a narrative of the past using selected facts that suit their modern day political purposes.
Well stated.
 

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From the final paragraph, here's the real goal of so many "historians" these days:

The Civil War and Reconstruction eras live with us in 2019. Both for people in the Depression and the here and now, arguing about history and memory is not merely a sideshow to larger debates about political economy. Instead, it is another critical front in reshaping American society for the better.​
The purpose is not to learn about and understand the past. "History" is just another tool in the hands of modern day activists to reshape society in the way they think best. It's fundamentally dishonest and destructive. And the activism is, ironically, couched as "they lied about history for political reasons in the past, but we're telling the truth now", when the reality is that men like Robert Greene II, author of this article, are doing the very thing they accuse FDR of doing: creating a narrative of the past using selected facts that suit their modern day political purposes.
He warns against the very thing he advocates
 

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Seems a political piece instead of historical

Usage of "left" and "right" pervades the commentary and mostly refers to more modern events then reconstruction.Wouldn't consider it much of an actual commentary on reconstruction

Though he apparently connects Communism to leftist spin on reconstruction "American leftists, both black and white, also understood the stakes involved in debating the past. Silber’s father, for example, was a Communist who saw the seeds of American radicalism in the abolitionist movement and the leftist elements of the Reconstruction era."
 
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From my reading, I'm very skeptical about this sentence: "Fortunately, the history of Reconstruction furnishes plenty of relevant examples of African Americans and white Americans working together for common cause."
 

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