chapter  2
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Reconstructing History: The Epitomizing Image E. Culpepper Clark

All acts of historical preservation (by which I mean any commitment of thought, no matter how trivial, to a fixed medium) are governed by the prospect of future remembrance, and unless an individual is pathological, the motive in being remembered is to be remembered well-a good father, a good mother, a good teacher, a good president. From diaries to memos, from letters to oral history transcripts, people appeal to a universal audience for validation of their self-worth.