". . . 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, October 8, 2015

Q&A - Behind the Writing of The American Slave Coast + Calendar

We're back home, from wonderful experiences at Brown and Boston Universities, for the nonce.  We're just getting warm. Amazon ran out of hardcover copies of Slave Coast, and dropped the Kindle price. Thanks to everyone who's shown us love on Facebook. Please feel free to write a review for Amazon or anywhere else!

Ned will  be speaking today (Thursday, October 8) at a conference at SUNY Old Westbury (in Long Island, easily reachable from NYC) from 3:50-5:20 p.m. We're among those people who likes conferences because we get to meet people

like Alejandro de la Fuente, author of Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century.

In the meantime, up on the internet is a Q&A with the authors of The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry.  Go here:
October 7, 2015 • Behind the Scenes by Meaghan Miller: Ned and Constance Sublette, co-authors of The American Slave Coast

The American Slave Coast itinerary, so far (not including Slave Coast's radio or television dates, however, nor does it include writing pieces requested about Slave Coast and / or Cuba, so far):

On Friday (October 8) Ned will be guest DJ starting at 4 p.m. on Felipito Palacios's annual multi-day, glorious, caffeine-intensive radio Salsathon on WUSB, Stony Brook University. He doesn't know how long he'll go, but Felipito always gets at least three hours of music from Ned. He'll play some of his favorite records of the last couple of years, heavy on the Latin jazz or whatever you wanna call it, but he calls it artistic perfection. Yes, WUSB streams. Tune them in!
On Oct. 15, we'll be in State College, PA, where we'll talk at Penn State on the 15th at 4 p.m. about The American Slave Coast. We're excited about that, and about all of what comes after, including but not limited to TASC events at the following . . . 
Oct. 22, New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville VA
Oct. 25, Quail Ridge Books and Music, Raleigh NC
Oct. 26, Duke University, Durham NC
Nov. 2, Fountain Books, Richmond VA
Nov. 4, C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Washington College, Chestertown MD
Nov. 5, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
Nov. 10 Community Book Center, New Orleans
Nov. 12 Octavia Books, New Orleans
Nov. 14, Brazos Books, Houston
Nov. 17, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield NJ
Nov. 18, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Hartford CT
and more to come . . .

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