". . . 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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Reading Wednesday -- The Valley Campaign 1864 + History Channel Roots 2016

There's a great deal to absorb about the initiation of the very worst year of the War of Rebellion, 1864 - 1865, in the Shenandoah Valley -- i.e. the Valley Campaign -- which began there, with D.C. raid and actions against the B&O railroad, invasions into Maryland, and Pennsylvania by Jubal Early's corps.

However, el V's just returned from another 8 days in Havana, and we're getting him ready for a foray to North Carolina for a concert next week, so I don't have time today to go into it.  Alas.

Plus I've been doing a lot of reading and watching around Alex Haley and Roots, in preparation for the interview concerning the new televised series that premieres on Memorial Day (when I'll be at the Gullah-Geechee Festival outside Beaufort, South Carolina).

Here's the official History Channel trailer for Roots, 2016:

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