". . . 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

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Shall Gov. Richardson Pardon Billy the Kid?

Pat Garret's descendants are against it.  Gov Richardson's possible justification for this pardon rest upon past history such as this:

"Historical documents show that Mr. Wallace struck a deal with the Kid that if he would testify before a grand jury about a killing he had witnessed, the governor would grant him a pardon for his many crimes. Billy the Kid did testify but the pardon never came, something the outlaw grumbled about as he managed to escape the law, get caught and then escape again, only to be gunned down in the dark by the frontier lawman in 1881."
This is former governor of New Mexico, Lew Wallace, who also is the author of the enormously popular novel, at least for many decades in the past, Ben-Hur: A Story of the Christ.  Which is how we came to have still famous Charleton Heston chariot race in the Colisseum.

History lives, yay history!

1 comment:

K. said...

I like to think that Chuck -- once he had escaped the amorous clutches of Stephen Boyd -- would have appreciated this: