Ten Years of Essays on Bad History’s Toxic Effects on American Civics, #2

The premise for these posts is here. This is the second in the series: a longread, as they say, originally published in Boston Review in ’08, the same year as the Obama piece that I linked to yesterday.

This one is about how mainstream modes of lefty-liberalism and the supposedly responsible conservatism now bemoaned as lost to Trumpism falsified their fallen heroes’ legacies: “American Dreamers“.

Nothing could have been more startling to me, for a host of reasons, than Greil Marcus’s selecting this essay for the tenth annual Best Music Writing in 2009.

(The next item in this collection is here.)


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