". . . 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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aaron Burr -- Alexander Hamilton - Thomas Jefferson

Listed in alpha order -- Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson -- what did these three men have in common?

The question provoked by reading Thomas Ferling's new book on Hamilton and Jefferson.  

I wonder how others would answer that question.

I know how I would.

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