Unformatted text preview: se between tragic and romantic modes of storytelling, for history tinged with romance may offer the truest acknowledgment of the tragedy
confronted by the enslaved: it took heroic effort for them to make social lives. There is romance, too, in the tragic fact that although scholars may never be able to give a
satisfactory account of the human experience in slavery, they nevertheless continue to try. If scholars were to emphasize the efforts of the enslaved more than the condition of slavery, we might at least tell richer stories about how the endeavors of the
weakest and most abject have at times reshaped the world. The history of their social and political lives lies
between resistance and oblivion, not in the nature of their condition but in their continuous struggles to remake it.
Those struggles are slavery’s bequest to us. Social death epistemology wrong – ignores and effaces slave resistance
Brown 2009 – professor of history and of African and African American Studies specializing in Atlantic
Slavery (Vincent, “Social Death and Political Life in the Study of Slavery,”
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