". . . 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

Sunday, November 8, 2015

From Da List - Schedule - The Voice of Ned

The Voice of Ned:

Here's our schedule for the next couple of weeks. To the many [nedslisters] in New Orleans: I hope you'll show up at one of our events and say hi.

Nov. 9 Freeman Auditorium, Tulane University, New Orleans, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 Community Book Center, New Orleans, 6 p.m.
Nov. 11 SciTech Academy, 820 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, 4:45 p.m. 
Nov. 12 Octavia Books, New Orleans, 6 p.m.
Nov. 14 Brazos Bookstore, Houston, 7 p.m. (party after at Under the Volcano)
Nov. 17 Bloomfield College, Bloomfield NJ, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 18 Real Art Ways, Hartford CT, 7 p.m. 
and, just added:
Nov. 24 
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, 1:30 p.m. 

More media to come. We expect to continue doing author events through the spring -- if you have a critical mass of people that you want us to talk to in '16, let me know.
The American Slave Coast is going into a second printing to keep up with expected year-end demand. It's still #1 on African American history at Amazon. We were reviewed in the Guardian this week -- the pull quote:

"the Sublettes offer an economic history and theory of slavery that is blunt in its assessment, unassailable in its argument and accessible to a general reader." 

The book tour continues to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One of the things I've always loved about touring is the way you get a synchronous snapshot of what's going on in a larger circuit. As we connect with readers, scholars, teachers, students, and radio listeners, we hear the dialogue that's going on.People are engaged and thoughtful everywhere we go. It's a profound learning experience for us. 

Last week we were in Richmond VA, Chestertown MD, and George Mason University in Fairfax VA [voice of C here -- el V rocked the house for 90 minutes, free-styling the contrast and history of slavery in Virginia and Cuba -- nobody left the standing room only space, except a couple of students and professors who had to get to their classes.] All of them were stimulating. To present in Chestertown was particularly meaningful for us, since without our residency there in 2010-11 the book would never have gotten off the ground. We  feel quite attached to the town. I'm especially pleased to say that the community showed up for our event, the stock of books on hand sold out, and we had a beautiful and moving reception afterward at Sumner Hall, more fully known as the Charles Sumner Post #25 of the Grand Army of the Republic, which reopened in June 2014.  

From the Kent County Arts Council webpage:
The Charles Sumner Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), also known as Centennial Hall, was built in 1908 by African American veterans of the Civil War and served as a gathering place for veterans of the U.S. Colored Troops. It was named in honor of the famous Massachusetts antislavery senator. It served as the center of African-American community life for 60 years. It is the only building of its kind in the state of Maryland, and one of only two such monuments left standing in the United States. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

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