Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory / Edition 1

Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory / Edition 1

by James Oliver Horton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807859168

ISBN-13: 9780807859162

Pub. Date: 02/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

America's slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.S. memory. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo. From the argument about the display of the Confederate flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, to the dispute over

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America's slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.S. memory. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo. From the argument about the display of the Confederate flag over the state house in Columbia, South Carolina, to the dispute over Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave Sally Hemings and the ongoing debates about reparations, the questions grow ever more urgent and more difficult.

Edited by noted historians James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton, this collection explores current controversies and offers a bracing analysis of how people remember their past and how the lessons they draw influence American politics and culture today. Bringing together some of the nation's most respected historians, including Ira Berlin, David W. Blight, and Gary B. Nash, this is a major contribution to the unsettling but crucial debate about the significance of slavery and its meaning for racial reconciliation.

Contributors:
Ira Berlin, University of Maryland
David W. Blight, Yale University
James Oliver Horton, George Washington University
Lois E. Horton, George Mason University
Bruce Levine, University of Illinois
Edward T. Linenthal, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Joanne Melish, University of Kentucky
Gary B. Nash, University of California, Los Angeles
Dwight T. Pitcaithley, New Mexico State University
Marie Tyler-McGraw, Washington, D.C.
John Michael Vlach, George Washington University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859162
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
341,598
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Coming to Terms with Slavery in Twenty-First-Century America Ira Berlin 1

2 If You Don't Tell It Like It Was, It Can Never Be as It Ought to Be David W. Blight 19

3 Slavery in American History: An Uncomfortable National Dialogue James Oliver Horton 35

4 The Last Great Taboo Subject: Exhibiting Slavery at the Library of Congress John Michael Vlach 57

5 For Whom Will the Liberty Bell Toll? From Controversy to Cooperation Gary B. Nash 75

6 Recovering (from) Slavery: Four Struggles to Tell the Truth Joanne Melish 103

7 Avoiding History: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and the Uncomfortable Public Conversation on Slavery Lois E. Horton 135

8 Southern Comfort Levels: Race, Heritage Tourism, and the Civil War in Richmond Marie Tyler-McGraw 151

9 "A Cosmic Threat": The National Park Service Addresses the Causes of the American Civil War Dwight T. Pitcaithley 169

10 In Search of a Usable Past: Neo-Confederates and Black Confederates Bruce Levine 187

11 Epilogue: Reflections Edward T. Linenthal 213

Notes 225

Contributors 253

Index 257

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