Slave Site for a Symbol of Freedom and Confronting Slavery Face to Face

These are two very similar articles in that both address the issue of how slavery should be depicted. The article “Slave Site for a Symbol of Freedom” begins by describing the area of which the Liberty Bell will be showcased. The site the National Park Service’s have chosen happens to be on the very plot of land where the Morris house, what was once George Washington’s home, once stood. The issue addressed in this article is that the National Park Service had no plan to reference or even address the fact that the founding father of our country housed many slaves on that very property. In order to satisfy the protests of the Independence Hall Association the National Park Service agreed “to add an additional interpretive panel examining the institution of slavery.” The other article takes a similar perspective in that it too comes from a representation of a historically significant town or location. The argument, however, is different. Karen Sutton works as an interpreter in the “Slave Quarter at Carter’s Grove” in Colonial Williamsburg. She discusses the issues she faces everyday in her job. There are so many different types of people who visit this site, that it is hard to receive approval from every visitor. Society today still has a hard time accepting what makes up a huge part of our nations history.

Both of these articles demonstrate the ignorance of society to our nation’s history. How a historical society can create any model of the past and completely disregard slavery is beyond me. This is the case with the Liberty Bell house. It makes no sense that an object that is supposed to represent the freedom of our nation would not even reference the freedom of the enslaved portion of our population. A simple panel should not be sufficient to cover one of the most important parts of our history. The other article reminded me of the ignorance and naivety of our society. According tho Karen Sutton, many people to this day refuse to believe and accept the accounts of what really happened. I am appalled that so many can’t accept the reality and admit to our country’s errors and move on to make our nation a better place.

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