Posted by: Morgan Hubbard | November 5, 2010

Things could have been very different…

One thing I try to convey to the sections I teach as a TA is the notion of historical contingency. History has a weight to it, and when we learn it as children and young adults it can acquire an inertia that feels like determinism: things are this way because they couldn’t have been any other way.

Every once in a while, a document or a discussion is especially good at shaking this determinism up.

Today, courtesy of the National Archives (and h/t to Letters of Note), I give you a pre-written statement Nixon was to read if Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became stranded on the Moon and had to be left there to die in the “deepest of the deep.”



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