(E–pub READ) [Scenes of Subjection Terror Slavery and Self Making in Nineteenth Century America]
Sons of conduct imparted in freedmen s primers refigured the deference and servility of the social relations of slaveryClearly these lessons instilled patterns of behavior that minimized white discomfort with black freedom The regulation of conduct lessened the discussions of the war by restoring black subordination on the level of everyday life 148The failure of Reconstruction the acuiescence of the federal government to the creation "And Passage Of State Black Laws The Concept That Legal "passage of state Black Laws the concept that legal need not intrude on local definitions of acceptable behaviors at the expense of achieving social euality for black people the rise of Jim Crow the decision of Plessy v Ferguson and the fact that all of this was enforced by legal and extra legal terror and violence all of it reminds me that my early education about slavery and Emancipation pretty much ended with just that Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves blah blah blah then Brown v Board of EducationAmerican exceptionalismNo no and no I totally recommend this book If like me you find it challenging at first keep going I may not ave been able to process or understand everything I read but I value what I learned This is one of those books that changes everything Saidiya Hartman s Scenes of Subjection reveals with great detail The Cinderella Makeover how Slaveryas shaped and continues to influence the construction of subjectivity amongst Black individuals today While the entirety of this book is incredible there are three key concepts that I would like to recount ere The first being the construction of Black suffering or images and accounts of Black suffering as used for entertainment for a white majoritarian environment Hartman analysis of the Black suffering body reminds us that spectacles such as whipping lynching rape flogging etc were created as mode of entertainment be that for umorous purposes or for sympathetic ones The Black body politic was one created for white individuals to feel something and psycho affective responses factor into this Hartman clarifies this by analy. Astery Hartman also examines the possibilities for resistance redress and transformation embodied in black performance and everyday practice This important study contends that despite the legal abolition of slavery emergent notions of individual will and responsibility revealed the tragic continuities between slavery and freedom Bold and persuasively argued Scenes of Subjection will engage readers in a broad range of istorical literary and cultural studi.
Saidiya Hartman ¸ 1 CHARACTERSFor its content and its method Scenes is a model of ybrid Sweet Serendipity historical theoretical work that does not privilege the so called disinterestedistorical archive but rather exposes the blindspots by thorough interrogation of that archive and of common sense understandings of The Texas Revolution Remember The Alamo And San Jacinto Bitesize History 1 history Hartman is able to not only reveal much of whatistory effaces but reveal precisely ow that effacement took place Low rating may be based on my lack of discipline in reading such dense material or misaligned expectations about the clarity and ease with which I believe complex ideas should be explained Of most interest "To Me The Work "me the work many of the uestions and theories that are foundational to a critical reading of Fourteenth Amendment jurisprudence I found long stretches of it though to be totally incomprehensible If you think slavery was a benign system Read this book Saidiya Hartman s scholarship cannot be denied the discourse on terror and enjoyment between masterslave relationships is insightful deep and oft times frighteningly relevant to my own experiences as a performer and as a black man negotiating enjoying and cautious of the fruits of my culture I ll admit this was a tough read for me especially the first part The academic writing style was difficult which is on me I don t ave the educational background that would probably Coyote Jack And The Bluebirds have made it accessible I regret that because I d be better able to summarize share and discuss the vitally important topics Hartman analyzesI found Part 2 The Subject of Freedom to be astonishing and compelling The concept of emancipation and the plain language of the Thirteenth Amendment was just the beginning of a truly American wave of backlash retaliation and enormous effort on the part of white America to maintain and exploit black subjugation only with the pesky legalistic definition of chattel slaveryaving
*been legally discarded *legally discarded s study of the efforts to fit the newly freed people into a system that comfortably for whites replicated antebellum norms is amazing The les. R slave performance freedmen's primers and legal cases Hartman investigates a wide variety of scenes ranging from the auction block and minstrel show to the staging of the self possessed and rights bearing individual of freedom While attentive to the performance of power the terrible spectacles of slaveholders' dominion and the innocent amusements designed to abase and pacify the enslaved and the entanglements of pleasure and terror in these displays of
The ideas in this book are really great but it is NOT an easy read You really ave to wrestle with the text to understand the theory in my opinion Incredibly have to wrestle with the text to understand the theory in my opinion Incredibly but really interesting Invaluable text by one of black studies most inventive authors A study in attentive scholarship This book Tip And The Gipper When Politics Worked has challenged me in ways that I was not aware I could be challenged before i read it It is possibly singleandedly THE book i
*reference am mindful *am mindful practically in each space I enter Scenes of Subjection is an encyclopedic text though Hartman makes no such claim detailing the means of domination and terror of black men and women in the era of North American chattel slavery and Reconstruction alongside means of resistance and insurgence Hartman begins with Frederick Douglass making one of er most memorable and reproduced points a point precisely about not reproducing sensationalized images of black suffering and ends with a virtuoso reading of Plessy v Ferguson Her book is split between the period of chattel slavery and the post emancipating periods Hartman identifies the "uotidian violence punitively eaped upon the enslaved and the involvement of the "violence punitively Cindy Ella heaped upon the enslaved and the involvement of the She explores the state s disavowal of its role in white supremacy the means by which notions of white supremacy are propagated and the features of language both legal and social that are culpable in these formations Hartman is ater best making incisive readings of legal precedent and social convention that produce serious theoretical points Hartman also includes important strategic conclusions such as challenges to the ineualities sanctioned in the private sphere and the demand for remedies cannot simply seek solutions in state intervention Instead remedy depends upon the deconstruction of the private exposing its overdetermination by the state and making legible the ascription of the state s duties Hartman references robust istorical detail ranging from pamphlets and public debates to literature and legal transcriptsHartman s text is essential both. In this provocative and original exploration of racial subjugation during slavery and its aftermath Saidiya Hartman illumines the forms of terror and resistance that shaped black identity Scenes of Subjection examines the forms of domination that usually go undetected; in particular the encroachments of power that take place through notions of umanity enjoyment protection rights and consent By looking at slave narratives plantation diaries popular theate. ,