20 April 2011

Eugene Genoves On Objectivity

"Those who pretend to write an objective, value-free history charge those who frankly espouse a worldview with having blind prejudice and contempt for evidence, but the charge itself betrays prejudice and contempt. Until recently, we primarily had to contend with the illusion that a historian could proceed without a worldview and attendant political bias and somehow arrive at an objectivity that one might have thought only God capable of." ~ Eugene D. Gevonese in The Southern Front - History and Politics in the Cultural War


Sounds remarkably like what I've been saying in recent comments and debate.

6 comments:

Douglas Hill said...

"The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is and what it was."
- The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, by Milan kundera

Michael Aubrecht said...

Hi Richard, Do you belong to some kind of awful "Conservative Book of the Month Club"? Just kidding :)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Hey Michael - you must not be familiar with the work of Genovese. He is a former Marxist who had a change of heart, so to speak. Drew Gilpin Faust (certainly no conservative), called him "one of the most important and influential historians alive today." I'd recommend the book linked in the post.

Chaps said...

I know that academics view the word "conservative" as denoting ignorance, bigotry, and beyond-the-pale political views. However, I have an engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a MDiv from Emory University. I am also a member of Mensa.....oh, BTW, I belong to the Conservative Book Club. Sorry, Michael, I won't wear the mantle you offer.

Anonymous said...

"We are witnessing a cultural and political atrocity--an increasingly successful campaign by the media and an academic elite to strip young white southerners, and arguably black southerners as well, of their heritage, and, therefore, of their identity. They are being taught to forget their forebears or to remember them with shame...It is one thing to silence people, another to convince them. And to silence then on matters central to their self-respect and dignity is to play a dangerous game. . .

Eugene Genovese, The Southern Tradition, Harvard University Press, 1994.

Amen, Brother Gene, preach on!

Michael R. Bradley said...

I meant to post the quote from Genovese under my name but hit "Anon" by error.