Sunday, March 19, 2006

The light of History doesn't lift all shadows

Interesting article in my local Boston Globe today entitled A City's Timeless Allure. It is about how the city of Charleston’s, portrayal of history is “a high-wire act for the city”, because to really grasp the history of the city is to understand that it’s “beauty was built on the backs of slaves." I couldn’t help but laugh over the quote from the elderly docent at the Confederate Museum who indicated that any remaining ill will towards Yankees is not over the Civil War but rather Reconstruction. I still don’t know how you can separate the two but as long as places still exist where the presentation of history fails to provide a “clear pronouncement to visitors and locals alike that, for the record, slavery was bad” then we will never really come to grips with our history.

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