This being my first report, and given that most history occurred a long time ago
I thought it best to offer the brethren an opportunity for a Socratic discussion
(Socrates was rumored to be an ill-tempered clamper leading to his early demise)
about some of the finer points and terms to think about as we delve into the stories
and folklore of our pioneer and gold rush history during my term as your indignant
For discussion tonight are the following terms of which all definitions were
borrowed from various sources, which will remain uncited for brevity.
Societal norms, rules that are enforced by members of a community, can exist as
both formal and informal rules of behavior. Informal norms can be divided into
two distinct groups: folkways and mores.
Mores: A set of moral norms or customs derived from generally accepted practices.
Mores derive from the established practices of a society rather than its written
Folkway: A custom or belief common to members of a society or culture.
Historiography: the writing of history, especially the writing of history based
on the critical examination of sources, the selection of particular details from
the authentic materials in those sources, and the synthesis of those details into
a narrative that stands the test of critical examination. The term historiography
also refers to the theory and history of historical writing.
Anachronism (from the Greek meaning "that don't look right") is a chronological
inconsistency in some arrangement, especially a juxtaposition of person(s),
events, objects, or customs from different periods of time. The most common type
of anachronism is an object misplaced in time, but it may be a verbal expression,
a technology, a philosophical idea, a musical style, a material/textile, a plant
or animal, a custom or anything else associated with a particular period in time
so that it is incorrect to place it outside its proper temporal domain.
Delivered to the brethren, this date, July 16th, 6021
John A. Sutter Chapter clamp-historian