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I saw this last night on Conan and instantly knew you’d be posting it! Hilarious. (Although he is misguided about Colonial Williamsburg, which actually does an exceptional job of depicting the enslaved community).
You are right. They should have stuck with the Civil War and done more with the video.
The interview with Conan is much better than the video clip, which seems pretty half-hearted, as if they were a little embarrassed and wanted to interact as little as possible. And they didn’t get the slave owner’s costume right at all.
It would really be interesting to see this done with a little more effort–dressing up and sticking around.
Also–has anyone else noticed how Colonial Williamsburg has become a hip punchline? http://www.hark.com/clips/hsymsxtxsn-colonial-williamsburg
I totally agree. It would be great to see a group crash the 150th reenactment of Gettysburg. We know that blacks fled in advance of the Confederate army in the summer of 1863. That would create all kinds of possibilities.
Cool idea! I’d love to see an historically correct re-enactment!
This is probably slightly off topic but at the bottom of your post was a link to Drew Faust’s article from last year. I just read and recommend it to those who may have missed it. A fabulous thought provoking article on why war has fascination.