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51) The chief value of history is that it is an extension of the personal memory, and an extension which the masses can share. (Carl Becker, qtd in Vaughn 19) [SoundBite #51]

52) Thomas Jefferson long ago prescribed history for all who would take part in self-government because it would enable them to prepare for things yet to come. (National Standards for United States History 1) [SoundBite #52]

53) Fact is skeleton, armature; history is body: the historian is related to God in the ability, occasionally, to take a rib and create life. (Kenneth M. Cameron 7) [SoundBite #53]

54) Film is history as vision. The long tradition of oral history has given us a poetic relationship to the world and our past, while written history, especially in the last two centuries, has created an increasingly linear, scientific world on the page. Film changes the rules of the historical game, insisting on its own sort of truths which arise from a visual and aural realm that is difficult to capture adequately in words. (Robert Rosenstone 15) [SoundBite #54]

55) In the notion of representation is the idea of giving meaning. (Stuart Hall) [SoundBite #55]

56) The indoctrination taking place today in American academia is disingenuously described as "multiculturalism" by its academic purveyors. A more accurate description would be "politically motivated historical and cultural distortion." It is a primitive type of historical revisionism. (Rush Limbaugh 66) [SoundBite #56]

57) [Historical films] share a common core feature: they are centered on documentable historical events, directly referring to historical occurrences through their main plotlines. Unlike the costume drama or the romance set in the past, history provides the referential content of the historical film. The events of the past constitute the mainspring of the historical film, rather than the past simply serving as a scenic backdrop or a nostalgic setting. (Robert Burgoyne 4) [SoundBite #1366]

58) History is the fruit of power. (Michel-Rolph Trouillot xix) [SoundBite #58]

59) Prosthetic memories are memories that circulate publicly, are not organically based, but are nevertheless experienced with one's own body -- by means of a wide range of cultural technologies -- and as such, become part of one's personal archive of experience, informing not only one's subjectivity, but one's relationship to the present and future tenses. I call these memories prosthetic, in part, because, like an artificial limb, they are actually worn by the body; these are sensuous memories produced by experience. . . . The mass media has begun to construct sites . . . in which people are invited to enter into experiential relationships with events through which they themselves did not live. Through such spaces people may gain access to a range of processual, sensually immersed knowledges, knowledges which would be difficult to acquire by purely cognitive means. (Alison Landsberg 66) [SoundBite #59]

60) Perhaps, worst of all, when textbooks paint simplistic portraits of a pious, heroic Columbus, they provide feel-good history that bores everyone. (James W. Loewen 65) [SoundBite #1264]