". . . 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

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Today: Juneteenth

For information about what Juneteenth is, why it is, and how it matters to the United States, this entry on the blog Dead Confederates: A Civil War Era Blog, of Andy Hall, Civil War nautical historian, particularly those matters in Texas, will provide all the necessary information.  As well, Andy Hall is a good writer, who presents things clearly, concisely and pertinently.  He also is an impeccable researcher and scholar.

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