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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-20-13 01:05 AM
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More on my online quest for unretouched Presidential photos.
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It seems we have been deceived, even in the age of widespread TV (Eisenhower), as to what our Presidents even looked like.

And, I have mentioned before, having read bios of Lincoln and Ruth as a kid and making heroes of them as a result. That was because the style of bio writing back in the day was puff piece or hatchet job, even by someone as respected as Carl Sandburg; and I had read puff pieces.

And look at all the bs "facts" that abound on TV and the internet. Why in heaven's name do we assume that histories, modern or ancient, are accurate?

Even a historian as respected as Doris Kearns Goodwin has personal biases and also has to rely on older writings.

On the one hand, this "how do we know if anything is real" kind of questioning leads to nowhere good. On the other hand, we're not doing too well believe the stuff we're fed, either.

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