When I was in
In a similar way, people and places that are designated “
Trouillot discusses how the current global westernized hegemony treats specific historical events, events chosen for their relevance to the text of western dominance. The accidental “discovery” of
On the other hand, the only successful revolt against enslavement in history, which led to Haitian independence in 1804, hardly registers in the Western consciousness. In its time, this cataclysmic event was recognized as a serious threat to the institution of slavery in the
Trouillot himself has an interesting background. A political refugee from Duvalier’s dictatorship, he invented his way through graduate school, rejecting the overspecialization that is the lot of
Footnote: Blogging has enabled many of us non-affiliated marginal intellectuals to find a platform for our ideas and an audience, however small.
I review Trouillot's Global Transformations here.
Marianna Scheffer, 2001, 2010