Silencing the Past (20th anniversary edition): Power and the Production of History

Silencing the Past (20th anniversary edition): Power and the Production of History

by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

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Silencing the Past (20th anniversary edition): Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Foreword by Hazel V. Carby
 
A modern classic about power and the making of history, with a new foreword by a prominent scholar
 
Placing the West’s failure to acknowledge the most successful slave revolt in history alongside denials of the Holocaust and the debates over the Alamo and Christopher Columbus, Michel-Rolph Trouillot offers a stunning meditation on how power operates in the making and recording of history. Presented here with a new foreword by renowned scholar Hazel V. Carby, Silencing the Past is an indispensable analysis of the silences in our historical narratives, of what is omitted and what is recorded, what is remembered and what is forgotten, and what these silences reveal about inequalities of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807080535
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 298,715
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949–2012) was one of the most prominent Haitian scholars working in the United States. He was the director of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History and Krieger/Eisenhower Distinguished Professor in anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, professor of American studies, and director of the Initiative on Race, Gender and Globalization at Yale University.

Table of Contents

Foreword Hazel V. Carby xi

Acknowledgments xv

Preface xxi

1 The Power in the Story 1

2 The Three Faces of Sans Souci 31

3 An Unthinkable History 70

4 Good Day, Columbus 108

5 The Presence in the Past 141

Epilogue 154

Notes 157

Index 187

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