Posted by Champ on March 11, 1999 at 14:54:22:
In Reply to: Re: Who's Perspective? posted by Gayle on March 11, 1999 at 13:58:33:
. Today we look at the thinking of people in 1919 (and as far back as mankind goes, actually)and believe we know far better than they how they thought and felt, despite the fact that we are NOT dealing with the daily context in which they led their lives and struggled with the developing nation.
Gayle --- you hit the nail on the head!
As one who has reenacted a great many years [mainly] as a Confederate cavalryman, this is something I run into time & time again. We tell people, you may or maynot agree with past events, but take yourself out of your 20th century mold, & try to think & understand in the 19th century.
When you try to judge ANY time period by your current standards [which in this PC time changes all to frequently] then the past always seems to come up short [or so it seems to others ;-) ]....
Just my 2 1/2 cents worth...
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