Title

Tourist Plantation Owners and Slavery: A Complex Relationship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-13-2018

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

School

Social Science and Global Studies

Abstract

© 2016, © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper examines owners of plantation heritage tourism sites as memorial entrepreneurs who control and negotiate the inclusion and specific treatment of the history of African enslavement. Interviews with owners of four South Louisiana plantations are used to document and analyse their complex relationship with the topic of slavery. Interviewed owners reveal varying understandings of tourist demand for the inclusion of slavery on tours and differences in their own personal desire to advertise and fully narrate enslaved heritage. Indeed, owners continue to propagate common myths surrounding the nature of slavery. Conceptualizing owners as memorial entrepreneurs has implications for understanding the interpretation and delivery of heritage tourism not only as a product but also a set of social values about the past.

Publication Title

Current Issues in Tourism

Volume

21

Issue

15

First Page

1743

Last Page

1760

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