I’ve got a turkey in the frig and a pie to bake for a Thanksgiving dinner. But this blog has asked the question before about whether or not Thanksgiving is a day for “celebrating” given its historical context. One of my cousins will say, it’s a “celebration of the harvest.” In these times having food on the table is certainly something to to be thankful for.
In this post, eclectique916 will “Ask a Slave.” “Slavery” has gotten traction in becoming its own genre in narrative film, literature, etc. Why not satire. This is not new, but its definitely become the main course.
“Ask a Slave” is a [now popular] web series created by actress Azie Mira Dungey, a real-life historical interpreter who is using her credentials and experiences at Mount Vernon (just down the road from me) to create a video Q&A with the slave Lizzie Mae. The questions are scripted from and inspired by Dungey’s real-life interactions with tourists.
George Washington would issue a proclamation in 1789 making November 26 “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God” nationwide. George Washington also owned over 300 slaves on his Mount Vernon plantation estate. Letter to George: “Ask a Slave” What are you thankful for?