The Sins of the Fathers

For writers of historical fiction, our greatest challenge is embracing the mindset of another era and putting past events and behavior in perspective. As the French say, “Autres temps, autres moeurs,” i. e, “Other times, other customs.” It’s never easy, but it will happen if you’re a rational human being. When this isn’t done, as we’re seeing daily on the news, the consequences are civil unrest and misguided citizens destroying what they don’t understand. Confederate monuments aside, the epidemic attacks on statues of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Matthias Baldwin, Ronald Reagan, Jesus, the Virgin Mary, churches, mosques, synagogues and more are no less damnable than Al Qaeda’s destruction in Palmyra and the Taliban blowing up the Buddha...

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