C.S.Biju Ph.D, Associate Professor in English, St.Thomas’ College( Autonomous), Thrissur, Kerala, India.
In Anna Deavere Smith’s performance project on presidency and power, various characters were interviewed and presented on stage from politics, media and academia. Through Staton and Montecello tour guide Penny Kaiser, Thomas Jefferson’s presidential life and his attitude towards slavery are disputed and investigated to re-examine his complex relationship to his slaves. Penny Kiser says, “you know, he (Jefferson) died a hundred and seven thousand dollars in debt. Many of his slaves were mortaged. So he didn’t have the right to sell them, but oh, I mean to free them” (Smith.2000, 9). Jefferson believed that freeing people who were brought up in the habits of slavery was like abandoning children
Please cite this article as: C.S.Biju Ph.D ( 2017) The Questions of Ethics and Power: Nuances of Politicizing Performance
International Journal of Recent Research and Applied Studies, 4, 4(30),127-131