". . . 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, December 27, 2010

Difficult Writing Task

But I've finally got what seems a successful start, with a thousand words plus many footnotes in the Introduction to the section that shines retrieval illumination -- hopefully  -- into that historical black hole in the historical dynamic of our national slavery evolution between the Era of Confederation and the War of 1812.

We went from serious discussion of national abolition, we thought, as part of Independence, conceived in Liberty, to ... not. What happened? The Constitution happened, for one thing.  Why did the Constitution happen with those articles and clauses -- that keep the word slavery silenced, while binding and weaving inexorably into the warp and woof of our nation?  Because there was in truth no serious consideration of abolition at all.  But for Our Side, unlike the republican American history view, that slavery was a constitutional side issue at most, which later would become a part of exceptional American progressivism, for us it is a story of terrible loss. 
The college isn't shut down only for the holiday break, it is really closed.  For one thing there's no internet connection anywhere as WC IT decided to take this time to upgrade its rinkydink not-even-cable campus system.  Thus the library also decided to use this closing to close itself and do serious collection shelf moving.  So all the people we hang out with here are either gone to other parts of the world, or else, as they live in the country, are rather snowbound.  The town's been a ghost world populated only by wind today.  We have really been rolling on The American Slave Coast.  It's almost as though we planned it that way or something and now we're in shock we really have the words etc. to show for it.  We can go off for New Year's with a clear conscience and a sense of  having gotten somewhere.

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