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TigerRad
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Plantations as tourist attractions?



Does anyone feel a little weird about visiting Nottaway and all the other plantations around? The presentations at these places tend to celebrate the lifestyle and grandeur of the people who lived there while mostly ignoring the horrific crimes against humanity that were committed there.

Why not present these places as solemn memorials as well as monuments to the glories of the time?

I mean, you can visit Dachau as a tourist and learn alot about history.

Seems creepy to me to walk around a beautiful place like San Francisco Plantation without really taking it seriously. These should be solemn places for learning and reflection.


(been years, but one exception may be the Laura plantation, where I recall they paint a more realistic picture of what went on)







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Mo Jeaux
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Does anyone feel a little weird about visiting Nottaway and all the other plantations around?


No.

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The presentations at these places tend to celebrate the lifestyle and grandeur of the people who lived there while mostly ignoring the horrific crimes against humanity that were committed there.


Geez.

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I mean, you can visit Dachau as a tourist and learn alot about history.


Look, slavery was an absolutely horrid institution and there is no way to downplay that. However, it was not equal to the mass extermination of groups of people.

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Seems creepy to me to walk around a beautiful place like San Francisco Plantation without really taking it seriously


Sounds like a personal issue. Who does not take it seriously?

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These should be solemn places for learning and reflection.
Why? And how do you know that is not part and parcel of the experience?







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fleaux
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I'm white, and my ancestors came here from Germany in the 1920s so im not going to feel any white guilt when i go to one of these places. If there is a particular spot that memorializes a specific event then i will treat it as history with reverence but bad things have happened everywhere you go





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Godfather1
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Oh sweet fancy tap dancing Moses.

Enough with all the angst, for crying out loud. Just enjoy the freakin' scenery.






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Taxing Authority
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White guilt.





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wilfont
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People visit the Roman Coliseum . Its historical and so are the plantations.





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Blue Velvet
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No. They're interesting.





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deltaland
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My great great great grandfather was owner of the Destrehan Plantation in new orleans which is now a tourist attraction. When I visited there to see part of my family's history I was proud but then again I don't have white guilt. My ancestor came here from Scotland without a penny and worked his way to being one of the wealthiest, powerful men in the city. That's pretty cool if you ask me





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jmh5724
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San Francisco plantation had a black owner at one point.

LINK



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oklahogjr
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I've never owned a slave. Why should I feel bad.





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TigerRad
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No I dont mean white guilt...thats a whole other thread

I mean when you visit a place as a tourist where something terrible is known to have happened....you just feel solemn about it.

When I was in Gettysburg, I was quite awed by the stories I heard from the rangers, all the many memorials, the names of the dead etc.

They very ground there had been soaked with the blood of suffering and dying men.

The same is true of these plantations grounds. So why not use that location to memorialize those people instead of just going on and on about the furniture, curtains, architecture etc? Its seems very creepy to me.







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TIGRLEE
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Stfu.

People like to reflect on the good old days.






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Mo Jeaux
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Stfu.

People like to reflect on the good old days.


Like days when TIGRLEE does not make asinine posts. Ahh.






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braindeadboxer
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I feel about as guilty about slavery as I do about the Mongol Hordes pillaging Asia and Europe. Needless to say, I sleep soundly at night.





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LongueCarabine
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They very ground there had been soaked with the blood of suffering and dying men. The same is true of these plantations grounds.


You're assuming every plantation owner beat his slaves to a pulp, I guess.

I doubt that's the case. It would really make no sense to do something like that. Not that it didn't happen, but I don't think it occurred on the scale you believe.

LC



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RealityTiger
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I mean if you really want to dwell in guilt over something you had no participation in, you should start out waaaaaaay before the slaves and feel guilty about the land you live on, which belonged to the Native Americans at one time.





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TigerRad
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You're assuming every plantation owner beat his slaves to a pulp, I guess.




Not really. Im sure life was peaceful most of the time.

But obviously the subjugation of a whole race into servitude requires extreme violence (or the threat of it). I think it's well established that the institution of slavery was maintained through brutal force, eh? (as well as laws etc)






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Radiojones
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Lighten up Francis and quit feeling guilty for crap that happened before you were born.





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deltaland
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Actually a small portion of slaveowners treated their slaves harshly. My 3x Great Grandfather was known for treating his very well.. They were treated like family by him and he only owned them because it was widely accepted and had he paid workers then there would be no profit. He freed all of them in his Will when he died.





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TigerRad
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dwell in guilt




you all keep bringing up guilt, which I never even mentioned and has zero to do with my point. Obviously we all had nothing to do with any horrors of history


I am saying it seems very weird to me to dwell on curtains and furniture while I am standing on the site of horrific crimes. That is the weird part.






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