Book of the Week: 11/12 - 11/18

 

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production 

By: Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Placing the West’s failure to acknowledge the most successful slave revolt in history alongside the 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. Silencing the Past is an indispensable analysis of the silences in our historical narratives and what these silences reveal about inequalities of power. 

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Michel-Rolph Trouillot (1949-2012) was one of the most prominent Haitian scholars working in The United States. He was director of the Institute for Global Studies in Culture, Power and History and the Kreiger/Eisenhower Distinguished Professor in Anthropology at John Hopkins University.