September 24, 2008 3:10 PM Subscribe
Reenacting slavery at Chickamauga National Military Park.
posted by marxchivist (34 comments total)
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When a reenactor put his knapsack on the ground, the person portraying his slave picked up his knapsack and "moved it before I could say a word. I instantly knew that I had an opportunity to demonstrate the institution's cruelty here, and so I did not acknowledge his act, did not thank him for it, did not make eye contact, did not stop my talk. My own cruelty -- even to make a teaching point to the audience -- made me shudder inside."
I read this blog post this morning and have been thinking about it on and off all day. They've been doing slavery interpretation at Colonial Williamsburg
and Carter's Grove
for awhile, but this isn't something you see on Civil War battlefields very often, if ever.
Another thing that struck me about this was the portrayal of the day-to-day degradation of slavery and not even being acknowledged as person; rather than the more dramatic beatings, runaways, and slave auctions.
And I'd love to read this from the point of view from the guy who portrayed the slave.