". . . 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

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Depictions of Slavery and Slaves on Southern Bank Notes and Other Financial Instruments

Stories are all over the "news" media, featuring this history of depicting slaves and slavery on financial instruments issued by southern banks and insurance companies, and then on the so-called currency of the so-called CSA are everywhere now that it was officially announced that Harriet Tubman will take the place of Jackson on the U.S. $20 bill.

Issued by a JoJaw, bank.
There's a great deal of coverage of this matter in The American Slave Coast:  A History of the Slave Breeding Industry, as well as about how Jackson hated currency, hated banks and therefore, managed an excellent job of destroying both -- as well as the national economy.  Killing the Bank of the United States of America, and replacing it with the "pet banks" that printed notes but had no other backing than land fever inflation set off the longest, deepest economic depression the nation ever saw, up to the Great Depression of the 1930's.

What none of the stories mention, however, which is what The American Slave Coast describes in detail, is that slaves literally were antebellum southern states' money -- which was underlined by the CSA putting slaves on its money -- at least on the front; very quickly the CSA 'treasury' couldn't even print anything on the reverse of the bills.  Since slaves weren't money for any other nation, this had a lot to do with why no European nation would support the idea of the CSA as a nation -- which it wasn't.  It was an army, but it wasn't a nation and performed none of the other duties and obligations toward its people that a nation to be a nation must do.

Tomorrow, early in the AM, we're off to Georgia, to do some Slave Coast events and other things.

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