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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 3

Re: SLAVE/MARKET HOUSE, Fayetteville,(Cumberland C

Hello George:

Your comments about being questioned about your motives for researching African-American history brought back memories.

I asked a well known European historian and author the same question.

Her response was simply this," You wouldn't ask me that question if I was researching Greek/Roman history, would you?" She was absolutely right. Why shouldn't she study an historical period or culture that affected most of the world?

Ironically, almost a month later someone asked me "Why would you want to study French literature in college?" I was ready with my answer.

"You wouldn't ask me that if I was studying African history."

One-dimensional cultural-centric thinkers are boring.

Studying other cultures helps us to better appreciate our own.


K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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