". . . 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, September 10, 2015

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry -- Real Book! Arrived!

Two complimentary copies of The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry just arrived.

What a wonderful job the production team and editorial team have made of such a huge book, though the physical book turns out not to be near as heavy as I feared it would be.  It looks  fine, inside and out, impressive and classy.  You look at this book and are told this is an important and serious work of research and writing, a book the owner will be proud to have on her / his shelves, and will keep, a book to refer to often about the many things in our history that it describes and explains.

My eyes are huge.

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