Tag Archives: memory

More Statues… Denmark Vesey: Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?

Check out this article that appeared yesterday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution… Here’s a snippet…. “There’s no likeness of him, no record of a word he wrote or said directly, no marked grave. The slave rebellion he allegedly plotted —which would’ve been the largest in U.S. history — was scotched before it happened. Some historians believe […]

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Slavery & Historical Memory: Penny Lane is in my Ears and in My Eyes; and the Eyes of Texas are Upon You…

Yesterday, the AP posted a brief article that touches upon some sticky issues when it comes to history, race, representation, popular culture and cultural memory. Associated Press Liverpool–Penny Lane will keep its name. City officials said Saturday they would modify a proposal to rename streets linked to the slave trade when they realized the road […]

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The Corporate Eye

I just finished a review of Elspeth Brown’s The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, 1884-1929 for an upcoming issue of IA: The JournalĀ of the Society for Industrial Archaeology. Although I will not post that review here, I did want to share some observations about the book that didn’t make it […]

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March 2: Texas Independence Day

My Alma Matter informs me that for more than a century Texas Exes (where ever they may be) have remembered March 2nd (Texas Independence Day) as a time to celebrate both the State and the University of Texas. This observance apparently began with a missed class, a visit to Scholz’s Beer Garden, and a spiked […]

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Remembering Slavery…In the Francophone World

France’s President Jacques Chirac has called for the “indelible stain” of slavery to be remembered in a national day of commemoration on May 10, the first of its kind in Europe. I found this interesting as it is a state-acknowledged remembrance in a nation that has not historically endorsed the idea of “race” in official […]

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