Posts Tagged ‘research’

Ex-Slave Stories

February 14, 2011 2 comments

Imagine being 8 again. Now imagine being 8 and your parents took you to the biggest candy store in the world and said, “I want you to tell me about the candy – how it tastes like, what it looks like, and how it’s made”. That’s sort of how I feel like, small and insignificant in the presence of so much of in our case, research. There are just so many things and places I can look into but like that 8 year old version of ourselves, we grab so much that in the end we don’t know what to do with it. So here’s a little sample of what I’ve been trying to get a handle on.


Below is  a picture of James “Jim” Kelly, a slave from Georgetown, Texas. There is a link to the page I found it on his picture in case you wanted to read in full, but there’s an interesting observation to this. A page that is supposed to be dedicated to explaining who he is has a brief paragraph explaining basic details of his life – then the rest is devoted to his owners. I thought this was an excellent example of my subquestion in our prospectus: Will there be, and if so how will  the built-in distortion of the white perspective affect African American historical narratives? I think that white bias led to a focus on the record keeping of white history resulting in this inability to find information on the African American perspective. This will be a huge impact on the influence of white perspective on the slave/freedman experience in Georgetown.