Dealing with difficult history

I have found a podcast series called “Presidential.” It’s a few years old now, but it takes the listener from Washington to Biden, giving each president one episode. One episode for Abraham Lincoln. One episode for Rutherford B Hayes. Quite the challenge.

I am posting a link to the one on Jefferson, but you can find it on your favorite podcast platform as well.

The reason I liked this episode is the honesty of the historians and scholars interviewed. It is far too easy in our day to 1. Reject Jefferson entirely without regard to his work on the Declaration of Independence, or 2. reject Jefferson entirely without regard to his personal life and issues with slavery, the treatment of Sally Hemings, etc. What is needed is honest conversation and tension. We don’t do that well in our time and for that, I highly recommend this episode.

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