“In writing history, journalists ought to watch for two potential pitfalls. First, avoid quaintness. There wasn’t anything quaint about the pilgrims. The past wasn’t simpler than the present. People were not kinder or dumber or gentler than they are now. At the same time, don’t lapse into a progressive interpretation of history. Things don’t always get better over time.” -Jill Lepore, Telling True Stories.