Nostalgia for old regimes (was: Re: [Marxism] A critique of Genovese
bcastleberry1hsd at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 9 22:43:47 MDT 2004
Lou Paulsen wrote:
>This sort of plantation nostalgia is a constantly recurring theme in
And not only in the South. After the Civil War, wealthy northern
industrialists bought up every one of the ruined plantations here in the
Tallahassee - Thomasville area and turned them into quail-hunting
preserves. Where did the former owners go, if they still lived? Texas,
of course. The "big houses" display photographs of visiting Presidents,
Congressmen and British Royalty.
A good effort at reconstructing, "The World the Slaves made" is under
way at the Cane River National Historic Park:
It is painful to African-Americans house-hunting in the South that so
many subdivisions are called "(insert rustic name) Plantation".
A word on Virgil Caine. Men like him often despised and were oppressed
by the Southern gentry, would-be Cavaliers. Every time I see a moldy
set of the complete works of Sir Walter Scott donated to our library, I
know that a scion of one of these families has died. Think Sydney
Greenstreet as Sheriff Titus Semple in, "Flamingo Road", or Big Daddy
in, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof".
I remember The Band playing this song at Carter's victory party in 1976.
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