“Protecting the Nation’s Memory”

Excellent article in this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education by Linda Kerber, President of the American Historical Association, about the importance of preserving our nation’s historical record. In the article she discusses three recent incidents where the government has withdrawn information that was previously accessible to the public, and the impact that this will have on future generations.

The more the integrity of the national records is compromised, the more
flawed will be the history we write and the history we read. Memoirs,
personal papers, news reports — many are important sources for
historical scholarship, but they are written by individuals who,
however fair-minded, have their own perspectives that can skew the
historical narrative. None are substitutes for the archival record.

Read the whole thing here.


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