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 Posted: Thu Sep 11th, 2008 10:43 am
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I agree with Iron that the period in which a historian lives does effect his point of view when interpreting history. It is obvious the early historians of Reconstruction allowed their racial bias to color their interpretation. It is obvious that later historians views changed about Reconstruction as our nation views on race changed.

Now we have two interpretations Johnson period as president so which one should be considered correct. If the Civil rights movement had failed in the last half of the 20th century would we still consider Johnson one of our better Presidents. Can history have two correct interpretations of Johnson period from the same facts?

Note about Polk: I am a great believer of Manifest Destiny and support his views or expanding America's borders. I know our expansion after the Mexican-American war led to all the acrimony in the 1850's and civil war. We would not be the world power. We have become without expanding from sea to shining sea.

I think Iron will have to expand on his comment about POLK---

Last edited on Thu Sep 11th, 2008 03:27 pm by 5fish

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