History as Interpretation

 

 

 

 

 

 

History as Myth

 

“Myth is, so to speak, a mental movie, with accompanying script, which Americans carry around in their heads regarding their heritage and sense of special destiny . . . Myth lays claim to preserving, repeating, and defending the treasury of wisdom our forebears entrusted to us.”
 
Nicholas Cords and Patrick Gerster,
Myth and the American Experience