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I’m reading and enjoying Margaret Atwood’s Writing with Intent: Essays Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005. Here’s a quote from page 176 that I found particularly poignant, being a historian and all …

The past no longer belongs only to those who lived it; the past belongs to those who claim it, and are willing to explore it, and to infuse it with meaning for those alive today. The past belongs to us because we are the ones who need it.