". . . 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

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The UK Guardian - Review of The American Slave Coast

The American Slave Coast  is included in the 11/3/15 books roundup “The books that prove black lives have always mattered in America” in The Guardian.

In the meantime, getting over the Bay Bridge, the bridge to Kent Island, and to the other side of Maryland, the Eastern Shore, birth place of among so many others, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman -- then moving on toward the Chester River Bridge into Chestertown, all the fields and pastures, farms and small towns, the sleek animals and shiny machinery, the blazing foliage -- in the most perfect light possible to illuminate the glory that is autumn in Kent County -- it's even more beautiful than I remembered. But this was an extraordinary day, everyone here agrees.

Tonight was wonderful, with a table of old local friends.  Yeah, they are old friends by now -- starting to go on six years. It was here, with them, that that The American Slave Coast began, in the fall of 2010.

Tomorrow is going to be just as good, if not better.

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