Albert writes: "Roba presented the information about Ivens as fact, and since Roba is a professor and presumably an expert on German-Iowan studies, I assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that he had done his research according to ordinary, high academic standards (certainly in the sciences, I imagine also in other fields of research) and accepted the information about Ivens as sound information."
Wow. I should start presenting more stuff as fact. That way Albert will just assume it to be true. And if, on top of that, I call my book an "Album," I won't have to take any responsibility for anything it says.
I apologize for the sarcasm, but one must be awfully gullible or naive to assume, without evidence, that Preston Ivens likely was a liar and a bigot simply because a professor of history at the local community college says it's true. Excuse me: He presents it as fact.
Are there no standards for such presentations, or can anyone who tells a story that pleases the ears of Bixophiles make a scholarly presentation in Davenport? And why are books called "Albums" exempt from the most basic kinds of ethical obligations?