Twelve Ways to Know the Past
How do our own pasts connect with our larger cultural heritage? Here are 12 ways to respond to that question.
The universities’ culture wars have abated. Most people have grown tired of the debates between the worth of “dead white males” on the one hand, and the sins of politically correct ideologues on the other. Neither side can be said to have won. An uneasy truce reigns, broken by an occasional rear-guard action. But the underlying issues have not gone away. How we interpret the past affects the norms by which we live.
For all the ink spilled in these wars, surprisingly little clarity has been achieved. Even the...