Three

Y’all,  I want to write something about the Orlando shooting(s), but I just can’t. We choose this. This is our acceptable reality.

It makes me sick.

Anyway, I realized, I know of three instances where a fake document was passed off as real and it directly affects how we see Tennessee (or saw it)–that first book about the Mystic clan was not true. People died over it anyway. Ingram’s Bell Witch book. And John Cotten’s diary.

Isn’t that weird? I wonder how common it is for states to have an ongoing generation of an alternative history we must know is contrary to the facts, but we still accept parts of the false history as true facts?

I wonder if anyone studies this? I mean, it must happen in the West a lot, with dimestore novels about real people leaking into the factual understandings of their real lives, right?

2 thoughts on “Three

  1. In essence, the entire post-Reconstruction national narrative about the Civil War (and slavery) was a polite fiction between white people. David Blight (Race and Reunion) and Nina Silber (The Romance of Reunion) are good authors on that.

  2. And on a contemporary note, I would guess that the worst mass shooting in US history would be the Ludlow Massacre. But that is an event that has fallen into the national memory hole of disavowal.

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