If You Weren’t There, Did It Happen?

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The Churchill quote with a Statue of Liberty backdrop is intentional on my part.

You can blame attribute the inspiration for that upon some conversations I have seen take place in person and online where fierce debates have raged about historical events and how they should be interpreted/understood.

Coincidentally I stumbled upon a Washington Post article about how the Associated Press (AP) uploaded more than a half million historical film clips to its YouTube channel.

Why Is That Interesting/Relevant?

If you enjoy history as much as I do it is interesting to see clips about things you might have only read about.  For example they have footage of the Titanic leaving Belfast Lough for Southampton, 1912, Victory in Europe Day, 1945 and the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., 1968.

Relevant because some events are harder to understand outside the context of their moment in time.  Sometimes it is hard to understand how or why people did things so these clips might help add some insight.

I’d also say it is relevant and useful because many people think they know/remember what happened during a particular moment in time but really don’t have the sort of clarity and recall they claim to have.

And they are useful to help with the “if you weren’t there. did it happen crowd.” You know those people who claim that certain historical events didn’t really happen or if they did, they weren’t quite what we have been told they were.

Truth is some of those conspiracy theorists won’t accept film footage that is in dispute with their beliefs, but you can’t please everyone.

Never Enough Time

Now if I can only find a block of free time to go watch some of these clips…

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6 Comments

  1. Theodore Nwangene August 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I usually don’t believe in most of these stories. I always see them as just common stories that are being made up for entertainment purpose just as Danny mentioned.

    But from what you’ve written here, I’m beginning to read some meanings into them.

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Danny Brown August 6, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I always used to think the past was made up stories to make our world seem more interesting. At least, the parts of history where there’s no photographic or video evidence and archives.

    In a way, I still do, because we’re simply taking the words of the storytellers of the time. Nessie’s real, though. 😉

    • Joshua August 6, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      I have spent large chunks of time throughout my life wondering about Nessie. Often thought someone had more than a couple of pints in them when they spotted her, but I could be wrong. Wouldn’t be the first or the last time.

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