Ethan J. Kytle ✓ 2 ReviewAdmittedly this was a difficult book for me to read Not because it isn t well written it is The subject certainly needs to be openly discussed since South Carolina history and other former Confederate states have basically been white washed into a delusion that lantation owners were benevolent aternal figures that worked to civilize the African servants cause they didn t own slaves From the Reconstruction with the Lost Cause that venerated the Confederacy that was
Only Fighting For The Statefighting for the state rights and the staunch supporters of the benevolent A thought De obotliga optimisternas klubb provoking work Perhaps a little disjointed at times but overall certainly worth the effort I think I found the summary statements the most influential We should not be expected to reject our ancestors for their moral failings And we certainly should not be held responsible for their actions This does not give us license however to turn a blind eye to our forebesrs flaws or the complexity of the world in which they lived while it is unfair to ask white Americans today to accept blame for the sin of slavery it is entirely reasonable to ask that they understand how its memory and legacies continue to shape the daily experiences of whites and African Americans in very different ways The best educational read I have ever consumed The authorsroduce factual and detailed revelations of how the narrative of slavery in American history was developedThis novel explains the author s discovery of how the cradle of America s slave imports to the city Charleston South Carolina has a warped and unrecognizable erception of slaveryThey resent the origins of slavery and its impact beginning with Denmark Vessy s attempted slave uprising which had fueled the erceptions and fears of African Americans Allowing A Country Of a country of to turn a blind eye as African American Citizens were never considered since before America was formedThroughout the existence of humanity the dominant cultures write the history to their advantage applauding their victorious battles to honor their dead with speeches of gallantry The American Civil War s Confederate Army lost a war yet its supporters to this day revere its losing Generals with state holidays in Virginia Alabama and Mississippi while never admitting describing or acknowledging Slavery as one of the illars for the warThe authors repeatedly identify s the US Government s lack of and failure to assist and support the fundamental human rights for African Americans which reveals our current racial Code Name: Silence problemsThis novel amazingly explains why and how the incredible Gulf oferception and understanding between White American s and African Americans about race in America has developed under the guise of educationPlease complete this novel to develop a better understanding of race in America and Und Schuf Mir Einen Götzen: Lehrjahre Eines Kommunisten pass it on to as manyeople as ossible Of the countless books covering the Civil War and slavery many of which I ve read I don t know of a single one that so erfectly shows us the humanity and inhumanity of it all from a southern Margery Meets the Roses perspective This book is excep. In the tradition of James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me a deeply researched book that uncovers competing histories of how slavery is remembered in Charleston South Carolina the heart of DixieA book that strikes at the heart of the recent flare ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville New Orleans and elsewhere Denmark Vesey’s Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the heart of slavery in the United States Charleston South Carolina where almost half of the US slaveopu. ,
Tionally well researched and well written It s not at all text book dry but instead comes alive with the sights and sounds of the south The focus is on one city Charleston South Carolina which is essentially where it all began This narrow focus manages to encompass the crux of the war before Charleston offers an unusually clear window into the genealogy of social memory It reveals how ersonal memories of the ast coalesced into collective social memory the aggregation of individual remembrances Neither white reveals how ersonal memories of the
past coalesced into collective social memory the aggregationcoalesced into collective social memory the aggregation individual remembrances Neither white black Charlestonians could easily forget slavery though some certainly triedThe book begins with a look at the way this memory is mapped over the landscape in statues flags and other symbols that celebrate a myth of the chivalric romantic Lost Cause and suppress how that entire economy was built on the scarred backs of slavesIt begins with Dylann Roof s recent shooting of nine eople in one of Charleston s oldest churches after months of careful research unctuated by Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, proud selfiesosted on the Internet along with Confederate flags which touched off a firestorm of reaction for and against the many symbols of the Confederacy all over the south from those ever resent flags to enormous expensive statuesEarly on the authors claim that modern historians near unanimous agreement that slavery was the central cause of the conflict might be seen as a simplification of the fundamental divide between the Founding Fathers as exemplified in Thomas Jefferson s belief that the new republic ought to be a nation of yeoman farmers and Alexander Hamilton who saw the republic s future success lying in manufacturing and trade or industryThe oint that most historians I ve read caution moderns to keep in mind is that slavery was fundamental to Jefferson s romantic yeoman farm dream for as those early Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 pilgrims and explorers discovered somebody has to do the backbreaking work of turning land into food homes cities And Jefferson was A okay with that work being done by slaves meanwhile the north was moving firmly away from slavery as it became industrializedThis divide only grew as the republic grew For this book the authors focus in on the history of Charleston which was the largest center of the slave trade They begin with the history of Denmark Vesey a slave who managed to win his freedom in a lottery but who couldn t afford to free his family Desperate and angry at a system that guaranteed him no justice or rights he organized an uprising that resulted in the arrest of over a hundred slaves many of whom were tortured and thirty four along with Vesey executedThereafter comes a grim history ofolicing slaves in case of real or even imagined slave risings Slaves could be unished or killed for imagined crimes the only roblem being that their labor is lost Slaves outnumbered whites by a margin increasing white fears of slave revolt and so governmentally sanctioned groups as well as local lynch mobs roamed around seeking uppity slavesNot all landowners were vicious on the surface Washington Jefferson and Madison all talked up slavery as Lation stepped onto our shores where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War and where Dylann Roof shot nine The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone people at Emanuel AME Church the congregation of Denmark Vesey a black revolutionary wholotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822As early as 1865 former slaveholders and their descendants began working to Rivers Last Longer preserve a romanticized memory of the antebellum South In contrast former slaves their descendants and some white allies have worked toreserve an honest unvarnished account of slavery as th. Benevolent system ositing the white male owner as father and slaves as ermanent children According to the authors James Henry Hammond after seeing to it that The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! petitions about slavery were declined by the Congressional House of Representatives wrote in a masterpiece of hypocrisy Ouratriarchal scene of domestic servitude is indeed well calculated to awaken the higher and finer feelings of our nature Easy to feel benevolent when you are waited on hand and foot by silent submissive slavesThat sense of superiority comes to life in the early chapter as the story of the Civil War is summarized from the black Charlestonian Witchcraft for Tomorrow point of view ending with snide superior and horrified newspaper accounts of blacks being able to congregate inlaces that had revious been reserved to whites such as the race track and ublic The Wedding Redux parks So began the difficulties of Reconstruction The authors careful well documented account can be summed up by the reflection that whiteoliticians were forced to accept that black Rolling Thunder people could now vote And so the Jim Crow era began as money and effort was spent on erecting monuments to famous Southerners such as Calhoun in salute to the once gloriousastSubseuent chapters illustrate how nostalgia for those gracious and chivalric days before the Civil War lived on after those who lived through it began dying off as for blacks segregation deepened and sharpened which included divisions among African American citizensThe authors also delve with Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? plentifulersonal accounts into the roblem of teaching distortion of and erasure of black history Some of the erasure was not due to whites covering up what s inconvenient in extolling their grand view of the chivalric re Civil War South many older blacks did not want their Bootie and the Beast progeny hearing about their lives as slaves oroking into their roots deeply buried as they were in slaveryMeanwhile as tourism was on the rise during the early twentieth century tourists were treated to white written fictions about the faithful loyal mammy and other sanitized views of The Past But Counter To Those Scholars past But counter to those scholars artists of various sorts began to delve into history to find the truth the spirituals the blacks sang were Hailed As A Remarkable Form Of Music In Their Own as a remarkable form of music in their own and at least one scholar studied Gullah the slaves own language which mixed English and African vocabulary Meanwhile groups rose who erformed black music which included whitesThe authors takes some time with the vexed uestion of how rimary sources are handled when gathering information The authors furnish lenty of data on the manner in which early scholars obtained oral accounts from aging former slaves leading uestions being one issue and another these frail elderly folk out of sheer self reservation telling these white visitors what they wanted to hear and not folk out of sheer self The Art of Mary Beth Edelson preservation telling these white visitors what they wanted to hear and not the truthThe second half of the book illustrates the difficulties of ending segregation and the cultural and social cost as well as theolitical and economic spinning out in eddies around symbols such as the ortrait of Denmark Vesey to hang in Ci. E cruel system it wasExamining ublic rituals controversial monuments and whitewashed historical tourism Denmark Vesey’s Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War all the way to contemporary times where two segregated tourism industries still reflect these opposing impressions of the Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain past exposing a hidden dimension of America’s deep racial divide Denmark Vesey’s Garden joins the small bookshelf of majoraradigm shifting new interpretations of slavery’s enduring legacy in the United States. .
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