Entangled In Nonsense, the rebuttal

by Ann DeWitt

This BLOG post is not for the faint of heart.

In the 16th Century when William Shakespeare stated “all the world’s a stage,” I wonder did the audience laugh?  After all, global communications as we know it did not exist.  Even when people considered William Shakespeare’s plays “nonsense,” Queen Elizabeth I intervened and supported not only William Shakespeare’s work but also the theatre.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines nonsense verse as “humorous or whimsical verse that features absurd characters and actions and often contains evocative but meaningless nonce.”  Many renowned poets, writers as well as lyricists throughout the years have used nonsense verse.

As we dawn upon the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, isn’t it apropos for there to be a novel on the market about African-Americans serving with the Confederate States Army when the assertion of the War Between the States was slavery?

So why did a 21st Century historian dub Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story ~ Entangled in Nonsense?

For the first time in American History, there is a novel that explores “how” African-Americans came about serving with the Confederate States Army.  The novel explores “how” a group of 19th century soldiers became enraged with people of African descent.  The novel explores “how” people, not a government, felt about the complexity of the American Civil War.

Question:  Today, if the United States of America emancipated you from your mortgage with the assumption that you would migrate to another location with only the worldly possessions you could carry, as you looked into the eyes of your mother, your significant other, your children, your siblings, what would you do?

We can no longer treat 19th century slaves as property—they were people.  Decisions were made family by family.  If in the 21st century the notion that slaves were people is considered humorous, whimsical or nonsense, then so be it.  I would rather err on the side of human experience than on the side of pompous book knowledge.

The spirit of William Shakespeare lives on. . .

Highlighting the good in humanity,
Ann DeWitt

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