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Revisionist Writings Distort History & Facts


An ariticle in the latest edition of the AAA Magazine (Jul/Aug),Ohio edition, is a classic example of 'revisionist' writing.

The article titled Old Cookbook Reveals "Amazing Details of Washington's Dining Habits" opens with the following statement... an I quote "With hundreds of SERVANTS at her command... a person would think our First Lady was a woman of leisure.
Not so .... according to a new historical discovery. A long out-of-print entitled ,"The Martha Washington Cook Book" shows Mrs. Washington personally supervised her HOUSHOLD STAFF .... and especially the kitchen and dining room SERVANTS."

Perhaps it is just me, but why do current writers and docents at historic sites & museums refer to SLAVES as "Staff & Servants"? Doesn't this type of writing and reporting take away from the fact that these staff and servants, their children and even their parents were enslaved persons for their entire life. They weren't EMPLOYEES, they were SLAVES!!!!!

The article,IMHO, would be better served if the opening statements omitted, or better yet, if staff & servants were called what they were SLAVES!!!!!!

Please excuse my rant/tirade, but I just had to get my initial reaction to the opening statements in this article off my chest. :)

Art Thomas

p.s. the capital letters are my insertions for emphasis.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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