The Whitney Plantation: A Historical Analysis

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Barrington Hall mentions about the white planter class with no mention of slaves. Basically, what the family did for a living, how it was built and brief aspects of what the house has to offer such as an icehouse and barn. The Bulloch Hall also mainly talks about the family history behind the house; however, it does mention that on the grounds there are slave cabins and carriage houses. Lastly, the Smith Plantation again mainly talks about the white planter class, the struggling times the family went through; however, it does mention briefly about the slaves and how there was 10 outbuildings and many were slave quarters. Overall, I wish they would mention more about the history of slavery among these plantations because that is an important part of history that is being left out. Modlin (2011) mentions how, “The lack of historical empathy created for the enslaved lies in contrast to the way in which many guides work to make the lives of the planter family come alive for tourists, offering dramatic accounts of the …show more content…

Whitney Plantation said that it was built by slaves and their descendants while talking briefly about the plantation’s history. I really thought it was interesting to compare them both and it opens my eyes on how we interpret what we see. My interpretation changed completely. Southern Trilogy very briefly talks about the slaves that were on the plantation because it was all about the white planter class and even virtually I think Southern Trilogy may focus more on that and skip over the slavery part, or even briefly mention slavery and I think it is because this type of thing tends to be romanticized because of the beautiful homes, clothing and etc. However, the Whitney Plantation gives a more detailed look on what slavery was like exactly, thus giving a sense of understanding on what these slaves went through so their stories are heard because it is an important part of history that is rarely talked

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