Our sudden interest in memory has something to do with the democratization of history, with our interest in how literally every one saw themselves. It has something to do too with our loss of faith in the coherence and objectivity of professional history. Memory, unlike older conceptions of "national character" or "American culture," tends to divide as much as unify.

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From Southern Cultures, volume 2, issue 1, pg 5-8. Copyright © 1995 by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher. https//:www.uncpress.org

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