But I've finally got what seems a successful start, with a thousand words plus many footnotes in the Introduction to the section that shines retrieval illumination -- hopefully -- into that historical black hole in the historical dynamic of our national slavery evolution between the Era of Confederation and the War of 1812.
We went from serious discussion of national abolition, we thought, as part of Independence, conceived in Liberty, to ... not. What happened? The Constitution happened, for one thing. Why did the Constitution happen with those articles and clauses -- that keep the word slavery silenced, while binding and weaving inexorably into the warp and woof of our nation? Because there was in truth no serious consideration of abolition at all. But for Our Side, unlike the republican American history view, that slavery was a constitutional side issue at most, which later would become a part of exceptional American progressivism, for us it is a story of terrible loss.
The college isn't shut down only for the holiday break, it is really closed. For one thing there's no internet connection anywhere as WC IT decided to take this time to upgrade its rinkydink not-even-cable campus system. Thus the library also decided to use this closing to close itself and do serious collection shelf moving. So all the people we hang out with here are either gone to other parts of the world, or else, as they live in the country, are rather snowbound. The town's been a ghost world populated only by wind today. We have really been rolling on The American Slave Coast. It's almost as though we planned it that way or something and now we're in shock we really have the words etc. to show for it. We can go off for New Year's with a clear conscience and a sense of having gotten somewhere.