revisionist histories

August 3, 2004 — Leave a comment

i`m fascinated by many of the dialogues i see occurring here on journalspace, if this keeps up, i think the posts are going to get more interesting as the elections draw near.

i can`t say i`m an entirely impartial observer but i would like to believe i have less of a bias; this may or may not be true, but i do have is the benefit of a completely different historical frame of reference. i grew up in the Caribbean and had some of the best history teachers in the region. the scope of our studies encompassed from the native American peoples; Caribs, Arawaks, Azteks, Incas, Mayans to Caribbean independence.

one of the interesting developments in the course of Caribbean history has been US intervention. during the Wilson administration the US intervention in Latin America was at an all time high and set the stage for the Batista, Trujillo, Duvalier and Samosa regimes. none of this seems widely know in the US outside a few scholarly texts.

all history is revisionist, the winners get to write it, but as the adage goes, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

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