What Can and Can't Be Said

Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South

Author: Dell Upton

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300211759

Category: Civil rights movements

Page: 280

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An original study of monuments to the civil rights movement and African American history that have been erected in the U.S. South over the past three decades, this powerful work explores how commemorative structures have been used to assert the presence of black Americans in contemporary Southern society. The author cogently argues that these public memorials, ranging from the famous to the obscure, have emerged from, and speak directly to, the region s complex racial politics since monument builders have had to contend with widely varied interpretations of the African American past as well as a continuing presence of white supremacist attitudes and monuments."
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Controversial Monuments and Memorials

A Guide for Community Leaders

Author: David B. Allison

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538113740

Category: History

Page: 328

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This book addresses tough issues that museum professionals, public historians, and community leaders face with the challenges of competing historical memory, claims of heritage desecration and the ongoing scourge of racism.
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Traces and Memories of Slavery in the Atlantic World

Author: Lawrence Aje,Nicolas Gachon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000074986

Category: History

Page: 336

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Traces and Memories deals with the foundation, mechanisms and scope of slavery-related memorial processes, interrogating how descendants of enslaved populations reconstruct the history of their ancestors when transatlantic slavery is one of the variables of the memorial process. While memory studies mark a shift from concern with historical knowledge of events to that of memory, the book seeks to bridge the memorial representations of historical events with the production and knowledge of those events. The book offers a methodological and epistemological reflection on the challenges that are raised by archival limitations in relation to slavery and how they can be overcome. It covers topics such as the historical and memorial legacy/ies of slavery, the memorialization of slavery, the canonization and patrimonialization of the memory of slavery, the places and conditions of the production of knowledge on slavery and its circulation, the heritage of slavery and the (re)construction of (collective) identity. By offering fresh perspectives on how slavery-related sites of memory have been retrospectively (re)framed or (re)shaped, the book probes the constraints which determine the inscription of this contentious memory in the public sphere. The volume will serve as a valuable resource in the area of slavery, memory, and Atlantic studies.
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Race and Modern Architecture

A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present

Author: Irene Cheng,Charles L Davis,Mabel O Wilson

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 0822987414

Category: Architecture

Page: 448

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Although race—a concept of human difference that establishes hierarchies of power and domination—has played a critical role in the development of modern architectural discourse and practice since the Enlightenment, its influence on the discipline remains largely underexplored. This volume offers a welcome and long-awaited intervention for the field by shining a spotlight on constructions of race and their impact on architecture and theory in Europe and North America and across various global contexts since the eighteenth century. Challenging us to write race back into architectural history, contributors confront how racial thinking has intimately shaped some of the key concepts of modern architecture and culture over time, including freedom, revolution, character, national and indigenous style, progress, hybridity, climate, representation, and radicalism. By analyzing how architecture has intersected with histories of slavery, colonialism, and inequality—from eighteenth-century neoclassical governmental buildings to present-day housing projects for immigrants—Race and Modern Architecture challenges, complicates, and revises the standard association of modern architecture with a universal project of emancipation and progress.
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