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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.

©1995 Michel-Rolph Trouillot; foreword copyright 2015 by Hazel V. Carby (P)2015 Tantor

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"Trouillot taught us all how to read carefully, argue passionately, and write responsibly." (Boston Review)

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  • MILAN, TN, United States
  • 07-26-16

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Would you consider the audio edition of Silencing the Past to be better than the print version?

N/A I did not read the print.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes me think

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Before you consider reading or listening to a History account, read or listen to this book! This book will make you change the way you view and read history. Think you understand a Historical event, time, or personage? Think again. This book forces you to make a paradigm shift as how to receive historical information, even your own! Just because you experienced it doesn't make it the true historical account. Before assessing blame, condemning players, or bestowing prestige and according accolades, read this book and get a better understanding on how to read, study and understand History. If I ever teach History, this book will be week ones required reading!

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Dense, but brilliant

A perspective on history that has rarely been voiced so comprehensively. May take a few reads to fully understand, although I found listening to it much easier than reading it. The reader sounded like a white man, and I have to wonder why they didn't choose a Black man to narrate, since I assume the author, being from Haiti, was Black. Just wanted to bring it to attention.

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