The writing of history is a process of discovery. Historians
look at many sources and pieces of evidence, then draw conclusions
and write the story as they see it. They become sleuths who
track down details hinted at in other sources. All discoveries
help complete the picture.
At some point, the amateur or professional historian feels
he or she has enough of a grasp of the tale to present it
to others. However, the process of discovery is never done.
Another letter will come to light; a business transaction
or public record will surface; someone will remember a new
detail; and so on. The historian continues to sift and re-sift
the material and to re-tell the story.
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