Whitney Plantation

I’m trying to resist writing too much about my experience at Whitney, but it’s difficult because it was such a great tour. If I compare Whitney to the narrative I was presented at Melrose Plantation earlier this summer, it’s like night and day in terms of content and critical race analysis. Basically the Melrose tour…

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Who Do You Think You Are?: Searching For My Ancestors

I recently posted about my experiences at the Melrose Plantation from back in June, and then last week I visited the Whitney Plantation, which is the only one I really wanted to visit, and which I’ll write more about later. I’m living in a state full of former plantations in a region of the country…

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Melrose Plantation

The idea of plantation tours don’t sit well with me: I’ve heard enough horror stories about tour guides who weave tales of happy slaves in the antebellum south, who focus on narrating the dramatic lives of the white families who owned them. Handing over my money to help fatten the pockets of the white folks…

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Touring Natchitoches

Oof, spelling Natchitoches and saying it are two different beasts. By the time you reconcile the fact that you just won’t be pronouncing half the letters/syllables in the word, you’re then tasked with spelling it and half to reinsert all those letter/syllables you were told to ignore. If you’ve never been to Louisiana and are…

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The benevolence of slavery?

“No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.” History textbooks in US public schools have always been kinda of a shit show. They’d always frame slavery as a purely “economic…

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