Omitted History

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What creates a history? Is it the stories we tell, the events we record, the texts we study, the myths that are told and retold? All of this and more, certainly. But sometimes, history resides in the omissions, in the moments we’ve forgotten, in the events we failed to record, in the documents we simply overlooked.

The Huffington Post has unearthed some information regarding Freedom’s Journal, the very first “black-owned and operated newspaper,” and urges readers to ask themselves, what didn’t you know about it—its name, even?—and why?


Casey Dayan is a Rumpus intern and musician. He is finishing up his undergraduate studies in literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is working on a memoir and trying to one-up Jeff Buckley. Find his twitter here, @caseydayan. Find his band, “Moo,” here. More from this author →