The vagaries of history can be fascinating. Sometimes at work I’m given glimpses of events in the Here and Now that appear in the media presented quite differently, and then later, usually years later, another way. Yesterday’s bad guy becomes today’s hero.
One of my uncles took part in the first Haitian uprising against Papa Doc Duvalier in 1957. He did not succeed or survive. At the time, the US was officially very upset (about the participation, not the death) and it was considered a Shame in/on the family- men in gray suits came to talk to my father, who had a high security clearance for the work he did. For years specific details were not known (grandma insisted he was working for the CIA, but then she also remembered going over the bridge to Hawaii). Uncle “provided” the boat…
Fast forward to 1998 and the attitude towards that initial disastrous small rebellion has changed- about 180 degrees- not only are detailed accounts available, but the legend of Uncle’s demise from GSW (rather than being hacked to death with a machete) was confirmed. Pasquet’s (the Haitian leader) attempt to overthrow Papa Doc is presented in a pretty positive light, overall.
Anyone else have a tale of historical revision that makes a family black sheep turn a paler shade of grey? (sorry)