". . . 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

Monday, November 1, 2010

Starr Center Director Debuts His Civil War Column in NYT Today

Disunion will follow the Civil War as it unfolds; today's, the first installment, is Nov. 1, 1860, "The Last Ordinary Day." The subject concerns how some of the principle players of the Civil War were occupied on November 1 in 1860.

Is this cool-io or what?

Though myself, I'm totally occupied with the War of 1812.  With V away for the week, hopefully I'll get the the first draft of this matter and slavery finished.

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