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Anthony Bonanni Bonanni-1 Professor Schild English 0802 14 November 2010 Synthesis of the Past Simply judging the past is not an effective way of teaching and learning from history because it is not productive towards a better future . Actually analyzing mistakes made in the past can help people head in the right direction by not making the same mistakes already made in history . Contrary to this argument, many people think it is ok to judge someone in history if they know enough information about the person or the situation . A good example of a person that is constantly judged for his actions in the past is William Frederick Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill . He is known as a hero of the Western Frontier, and also as a criminal of the Western Frontier . He was a very adventurous and brave man, and discovered much land in Western America . In the process of adventuring out west, he hunted many buffalo for sport, and they almost went extinct because of him . Many battles took place between European settlers and Native Americans, and he contributed in many of those battles, killing many Native Americans throughout his life also . Proponents of the judging side are usually quick to label Buffalo Bill as a bad person . One might say that because of all the bad things he has done, it does not matter what else he did in his life, he was a bad person . The problem with this statement is that they are ignoring what else went on during these times, the different standards of living, and the
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Bonanni-2 environment in which someone grew up in . Factors like these make it truly impossible to judge someone as good or bad by our standards, because what is abnormal to our society may be completely normal to someone’s society earlier in history . In Jane Tompkins essay, At the Buffalo Bill Museum, June 1988 , she first judges Buffalo Bill and other Western settlers as horrible people because of the many violent acts they committed in the process of exploring the Western Frontier .
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