Everyday life in early america by david freeman hawke
Everyday Life in Early America by David Freeman HawkeI am really fed up with anti-blackness and ahistorical white-centered nonsense in books that are supposed to be historical non-fiction. This book could have been really interesting. It also should have been named Everyday Life for White Colonialists in Early America. And I wouldnt have had a problem with that! Nothing wrong with being upfront about whose stories youre invested in and telling.
But then I run into this: In the South, Blacks used dem, dey, and dat, for them, they, and that not because they spoke the language slovenly but because they learned it from indentured servants fresh from England who talked that way. The dialect the blacks learned, Edward Eggleston has said, probably preserved much that was the worst in the English of the seventeenth century.
Lets begin at the beginning. No historian of any caliber should be making value judgments about language. No academic, intellectual, anyone really, for that matter.
Next, lets talk about the anti-blackness inherent in describing dem, dey and
dat as slovenly, even if it is somehow meant to abscond Black Americans of the responsibility of linguistic origination (the somehow is yet to be determined; Your dialect is the worst in all of the English language! But its not your fault, really).
Lastly, lets talk about the chickenshit author not coming right out and saying himself that Black Americans are responsible for the continuation of the worst of the English language, but quoting another academic who says so. Freeman Hawke has no additional comments, leading any reasonable person to believe he has nothing to say in response; an affirmative silence.
I dont have time to get into how every portrayal of the inequalities, prejudices, violent colonialist behaviors and sufferings of colonists, enslaved peoples and indigenous Americans are always bookended with But it wasnt that bad, really! Compared to England! Compared to now! Compared to...my self-serving ruler of what bad is! Dont piss on my head and tell me its raining, Mr. Freeman Hawke.
Yeah, thats all Ive got. Youre much better off reading Howard Zinn or Ian Mortimer.
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Everyday Life of Early America
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I'd already had the post-Revolution and Victorian books in the "Everyday Life" series, and just bought the Westward Expansion/Civil War volume, so decided to .
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