Elmer Kelton Essay, Research Paper
In Elmer Keltons “Politically Correct or Historically Correct” he mentions
about the way people see and describe historical events. Some people can describe
an event completly diffrent then how another person is describing it simply
because it was seen in a different way then the other person. In fact, it could even
be because one of the people is describing or telling the event the way it was told
to him by someone else or simply because it is the way that he wants to interpret
that event. Many of the people that write about historical events have a tendency
to leave the bad side of it and always talke about the good side of things.
Most of the historical books where written by men, or that is what most
people think. It is very difficult to find a book written by a women especially if it
was in the West. Kelton stated that there were books written by women but it was
difficult to find them. Actually this is true, but it has changed, through out the
year, there have been more books written by women and other minorities.
Kelton also talks about some civilizations that were established to the south,
in Mexico, like Aztecs, and Mayan, and about how they were built by fighting,
enslaving, sacrifices and the destruction of others. This kind of gives you an idea
of how these civilizations came about in Mexico and what kind of civilized people
Indian tirbe would fight about everything, most would not recognize other
tribes as the same race, but as being a different tribe, an enemy. Many of the
people from these tribes were killed because of a battle that arose over hunting
rights or simply because they were diffrent.
A lot of the things that Elmer Kelton talks about in his work “Politically Correct or
Historically Correct” is just to inform the readers that history did not always
happen the way it is described, written or told by historians and writers. Some
people see history in different ways for the simple fact that they do not see them in
the same way or from the same angle. I found Elmer Keltons work to be
informative for the simple reason that it talks about some things that other books
dont even mention and things that people could never know unless people were to
actually taslk to someone that was present through out many of the historical
events through out time.