Publication Date

May 1, 2013

Perspectives Section

Letters to the Editor

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To the Editor:

The article "The Frailty of Historical Truth” by David Lowenthal in the March 2013 issue delivered a spot-on examination of the limitations and challenges that historians face in interpreting and reporting history. The most revealing to me was acknowledgement of the “bias stemming from temporal distance.” Modern historians tend to view past personalities from a 21st century lens and therefore give their readers a distorted picture of those persons. They would be much more accurate in their conclusions if they gave more consideration to the culture of the times in which those persons lived.

Independent researcher,
Lancaster, New York

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