Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.
- Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
Friday, April 10, 2015
Birth of a Nation, and a Myth
Jelani Cobb, recently posted this solid reading of Birth of a Nation on The New Yorker website. Worth a read on the 150th anniversary of the ending of the Civil War.