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Sabrina BahiaMr. HolmesAPUSH27 August 2013"Who Owns History"History is not the past; history is the present that we are all living in. We the people of today are the creators of history, the future generations will be looking back on what we did. James Baldwin once wrote, "History does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past . . . the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us . . ." (Foner IX). Hollywood has helped our people in learning history through their outstanding movies. Like the movies, Hotel Rwanda, Der Untergang, and Ghandi. Hollywood helped the people of America to be interested in our world's history by portraying it into a film. But it is always important we study history because the remembrance of some demeanors of the past is asserted on inattention about others. On a historical consciousness Friedrich Nietzsche's essay called this 'creative forgetfulness'.An example would be slavery, a major role in the growth of New York's industry, however in the public history when it comes to slavery a large emptiness still prevails. I stated in the article, "Who Owns History", "No such exhibition has ever been mounted in New York, which grew rich in the early nineteenth century the products of slave labor" (Forner XIII). It is kind of foolish to think that such a big part of New York's history like slavery does not have one exhibition to show new Yorkers a piece of its history. In New York's interpretation slavery was not important enough to its history to deserve a tiny space to show how its role in the...

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