Slavery, the South, and Ethical Remembrancing

  • Vincent J. Cheng
Part of the New Directions in Irish and Irish American Literature book series (NDIIAL)


This chapter probes the ethics of historical memory by considering two contemporary developments having to do with Southern race hatred, slavery, and the complex dynamics of remembering/commemorating problematic histories: the killings by Dylann Roof at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina; and the recent revelations about Georgetown University’s slaveholding past (having to do with Irish Jesuit priests) and the University’s current attempts to come to terms with that past.


Mother Emanuel Dylann Roof Confederate flag Slavery Georgetown University Jesuits Irish Catholics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincent J. Cheng
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  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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