The discussion that grabbed my attention was on page 194 of Low Water on the Mississippi and The Plantation House. The depiction of the black family is not surprising in Low Water on the Mississippi, but it struck me that The Plantation House was during or after the war. Essentially a call back to ‘happier times’ or ‘the good old South’ supporting this idea that blacks profited from slavery and were happier underneath it. So often art pushes social boundaries and is at the forefront of change, however it is important to be reminded that it is just as often used in a nostalgic way to try to hold onto the status quo. This nostalgic view of ‘the good old South’ also made me think of today and some comments Trump made during his campaign about how good things were back in the ‘good old days’.
This modern comparison shows just how import it is to check that when some one evokes the good old times or places in art or speech it is of great importance that we check that the good times they/it evokes was really good for everyone.