". . . 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

Friday, May 1, 2015

Capitalism and Slavery

 Check it out, here!

The opening paragraph:

Last week, Columbia University presented the Bancroft Award to two books that directly address the relationship of capitalism, slavery, expansion, and empire: my The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World and Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton: A Global HistoryBoth are part of a renewed scholarly attention to capitalism and slavery, carried out by historians such Walter JohnsonEdward BaptistCalvin Schermerhorn,Bonnie MartinKathryn BoodrySeth RockmanAda FerrerAdam Rothman, and Caitlin Rosenthal (and keep an eye out for Ned Sublette’s and Constance Sublette’s forthcoming,The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave Breeding Industry).
The American Slave Coast, btw, is now available for pre-orders, hereand here, andhere.  Also here.

This is the very first public/media mention of TASC. One couldn't have asked for a better first mention.

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