". . . 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, August 12, 2015

West Point Historian Speaks: Slavery The One and ONLY Cause of of the U.S. Civil War

Colonel Ty Seidule, Head of the Department of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point speaks in a video-lecture that goes, ahem, right to the point of slavery and the U.S. Civil War. He concludes by pronouncing how proud he is of belonging to the Army of the United States, that fought to end slavery, and included then over 200,000 former slaves, now soldiers in the U.S. Army.

Prager University has made Colonel Seidule's video available here.

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