Nottoway Plantation: How to Profit from an Ugly Past

The Social and Global Justice Project

Carie Rael and John Belleci
The Social and Global Justice Project

On a recent trip to New Orleans, we decided to tour Nottoway Plantation, which is tucked away, off the beaten path, on the banks of the Mississippi River about sixty miles northwest of the city on the way to Baton Rouge. Our creeping sense of apprehension began already on the drive in, as we wound our way through Cajun Country past drive-up crawfish stands and some of the most abject rural poverty of Black Americans in the South. That there were so few people and so many churches also spoke to the paternalistic nature of oppression that we found ourselves immersed in.

Nottoway boasts that it is the largest antebellum plantation left in the South. The main product produced by the more than 155 slaves who once toiled here was the sugar cane that was grown on over 1000…

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About Grimalkin, RN

Trying really hard to be a decent person. Registered Nurse. Intersectional Feminism. Poet. Cat. Political. Original recipes. Original Stories. Occasionally Questionable Judgement. Creator of #cookingwithjoanne and #stopcock. Soulless Unwashed Carrot. This blog is dedicated to my grandmother, my beloved cat Grimalkin, and my patients.

Posted on December 29, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I am impressed with your blog, and as a nurse, I don’t know how you have time to keep up with it. I retired last spring after being a nurse for over 30 years. And you are right, it is an emotionally and physically stressful job. I’ve worked OB in hospitals,in a women’s prison, a dialysis clinic, and a NiCU. My oldest daughter is a nurse. Ans you’re right, only another nurse can understand the stress.
    I’m happy to say that I did enjoy my career in nursing as it is also very worthwhile. I am now an author and I write medical & romantic thrillers. Check out my website if you have time to read and would like a diversion.
    My novel “Murder by Proxy” has been placed on the required reading list for two upper level courses at the University of Arkansas and it is suggested reading for 8 nursing classes.
    Keep up the good work, love the blog. Sandra

  2. i am not a nurse but i think tha 99 percent of nurses are angels sent from heaven.we r blesed to have u all ..

  3. I just found your blog and I love it. I am a nursing assistant but identify with the politics and hierarchy of beside care. Thanks for your decision and all that you do.

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