". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tippecanoe -- Who? William H. Harrison

I'm going through all the presidencies since Jefferson with the mission of tracking the POTUS's personal and political views on slavery and annexation of Cuba, and positions on South America, as well as the positions on those issues of the other movers and shakers in their administrations, whether on the Hill, the Court or elsewhere. (For instance, Pierce's Secretary of War was -- Jefferson Davis ....). I'm not doing them order, but so far have managed Madison, Monroe, J.Q. Adams, Jackson, Van Buren, Buchanan and Grant.

There is not a single book about Pres. William H. Harrison in the circulating collection of the NYPL. There seems to be only a single book about him in print, titled Old Tippecanoe. The NYPL doesn't have it. There's a book in reference called: The Life of Major-General William Henry Harrison comprising a brief account of his important civil and military services, and an accurate description of the Council at Vincennes with Tecumseh, as well as the victories of Tippecanoe, Fort Meigs and the Thames, a campaign biography published by Griggs and Elliot of Philadelphia, back in 1840. Another Virginian!

"Harrison was in fact a scion of the Virginia planter aristocracy. He was born at Berkeley in 1773. He studied classics and history at Hampden-Sydney College, then began the study of medicine in Richmond." Then he went into the military instead. Maybe he found shooting more fun than healing? How will I know unless I can find the information.

I shall see if it is on google books or other full text sites.

Such are the consolations of history in these times as Armageddon slouches toward Bethlehem -- which has already been burned to the ground, figuratively speaking.

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