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Walmart Tell us if something is incorrect. Book Format: Choose an option. Add to Cart. Product Highlights In this provocative analysis of historical narrative, Michel-Rolph Trouillot demonstrates how power operates, often invisibly, at all stages in the making of history to silence certain voices. From the West's failure to acknowledge the Haitian Revolution, the most successful slave revolt in history, to the continued debate over denials of the Holocaust, and the meaning of Columbus's arrival in the Americas, Trouillot shows us that history is not simply the recording of facts and events, but a process of actively enforced silences, some unconscious, others quite deliberate.

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Average rating: 2 out of 5 stars, based on reviews. This book starts out with an interesting notion: There are two aspects of history 1 the sociohistorical process, that is, "what happened" and 2 the historical narrative, that is, "that which is said to have happened". In the first few pages my thoughts immediately turned to the Bible, a book of fables, fairytales, and hearsay, definitely a book that, from start to finish, is an historical narrative.

The writing of the New Testament Book of Matthew was begun some years after the so called "birth of Christ" which is said to have occurred as a result of an impossible in humans one-sex conception with a bright star shining overhead and wise men visiting with gifts of spices. In fact, brilliant and sane astronomers have attempted to recreate the sky during that ancient time and have pronounced that the star in the East could have been an "alignment of planets".

Some feat given that the opposition of planets and the appearance of closeness from Earth lasts only two weeks at most. Another Historical narrative that comes to mind is the George Washington cherry tree myth. Historian and Washington's first biographer, Mason Locke Weems, felt that the American public should be apprised of Washington's "Great Virtues" so he invented some virtues and the "I cannot tell a lie" fabrication entered American history in his book "The Life of Washington".

I learned this myth as fact in my grade school history class in the s. Of course Trouillot delves into historical distortion with many examples of his own: How did my Lost generation learn about the American west? The Saturday afternoon matinee featuring such "cowboys" as Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Randolph Scott, et al, and the "Indians", war-painted white actors on horseback who dressed in ceremonial head feathers and made strange "wee-ow" sounds as they were attacking god-fearing American pioneers on the front-line of Manifest Destiny.

The sociohistorical fact of the last quarter of the 19th century is that true cowboys were only a phenomenon for about 15 years and were replaced by barbed wire. The central thrust of Silencing is slavery in the Western Hemisphere, especially the Caribbean and primarily Haiti.