The Unmaking of American History by the Woke Mob

Academic historians lose their sense of the past. In his August column for the American Historical Association journal, Perspectives on History, James H. Sweet warned that the history of science had become so “presentist” that it was losing touch with its subject, the world before yesterday. Mr. Sweet, who is president of the association and teaches at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, noted that the “fascination with political relevance” drew students away from pre-1800 history and toward “contemporary issues of social justice” such as “race, Gender, sexuality, nationalism, capitalism.” When historians become activists, the past “becomes an evidentiary grab bag to articulate their political positions.”

Mr. Sweet knows his audience, so he did his best to appease the crocodile of political correctness. He condemned the judiciary Clarence Thomas for a gun law decision that “picks out historical data” and criticizes the judiciary Samuel Alito for misusing the word “story” in his 67th time Dobbs opinion on abortion. But Mr. Sweet also pointed this out Nikole Hannah Jones‘s “1619 Project” is not an accurate story, and that “bad story,” no matter how good it makes us feel, breeds bad politics. “If histories are only those stories from the past that confirm current political positions, then all kinds of political hacks can claim historical expertise.” The Unmaking of American History by the Woke Mob

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