Revisionists believe historical figures must be held accountable to our present beliefs and sensibilities. Our progress and achievements must be the standard to which every person, past and present, is held.
Such foolishness is partly to blame for the iconoclasm afflicting our culture today. We are willing to destroy our past because men(and women) living then did not achieve what WE think they should have.
The late, great historian, Henry Steele Commager cautioned the country about just such a phenomenon in 1951:
“Ideally, the past should be understood on its own terms. Historical events should be examined in the light of the standards, values, attitudes, and beliefs that were dominant during a given period and for a given people, rather than evaluated exclusively by current standards.”