Words to live by, for any debate, for all discourse:
There is a lot more in those boxes. A great deal of it is very painful to read. Other historians will open different boxes, or the same ones. They’ll read the same documents, or different ones. And what they read, they’ll interpret otherwise: they’ll write different histories. But those histories will require documents; that’s why archives are there: to check history with evidence.
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