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Trauma and Resilience in American Indian and African American Southern History

Edited By Anthony S. Parent and Ulrike Wiethaus

Trauma and Resilience in American Indian and African American Southern History explores the dual process of a refusal to remember, that is, the force of active forgetting, and the multiple ways in which Native Americans and African Americans have kept alive memories of conquest and enslavement. Complex narratives of loss endured during the antebellum period still resonate in the current debate over sovereignty and reparations.
Remembrances of events tinged with historical trauma are critical not only to the collective memories of American Indian and African American communities but, as public health research forcefully demonstrates, to their health and well-being on every level. Interdisciplinary dialogue and inquiry are essential to fully articulate how historical and contemporary circumstances have affected the collective memories of groups. Until recently, Southern whites have (nostalgically or dismissively) remembered American Indian and African American historical presence in the region. Their recollections silence the outrages committed and thus prevent the healing of inflicted trauma. Efforts of remembrance are at odds with intergenerational gaps of knowledge about family history and harmful stereotyping.

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Part III: Sexuality and Family

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Part III Sexuality and Family What If Daniel A. Sean Little Bull What If I wasn’t me? What If I was someone else? What if I did care about how someone felt? What if I would have looked at life in a different way? What if I would’ve stayed in school? Do you think I would still have a chance With that girl from the pool, Who said she only likes school boys and good dudes? What if she would’ve just gotten to know the real me? And found out that I’m not the bad guy that, People make me out to be. What if these things really happened? I guess if it would’ve, Then “what if” wouldn’t be the question. What if I never came to prison at all? What if I didn’t, and I never would’ve noticed my flaws. What if it wasn’t true that Sometimes bad things happen for good reasons? What if someone said that to you, Would you believe it? Now what if you were me and not someone else? What if you were emotionally scarred, and Didn’t care what someone felt? What if you saw life through my eyes, and Not someone else’s? Do you think you could’ve or would’ve made it If you were me? What if you had to quit school, Daniel A. Sean Little Bull 164 Just to help grandma make ends meet? What if you were twelve when you fell victim to the streets? What If you were only five...

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