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I wonder, I really do, what the historians of a thousand years will make of this cacophony of stories that suddenly became available and recorded for the very first time.

They probably won't make anything of it at all. History is already much too big for historians to really digest it:

Even if the (likely) hundreds of thousands of pages of letters, notes, journal entries, diaries, and correspondence that was written by ordinary Americans about the death of President Garfield were preserved for current historians, it's incredibly unlikely that any historian would bother to do so. It's just too, too much.

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