Representations of Slavery: Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums

Used book in Good Condition. They clearly demonstrate how these strategies are linked to representations and practices in the larger social and political arenas. Eichstedt and small found counter narratives at sites organized and staffed by African Americans, and a small number of white-organized sites have made efforts to incorporate African American experiences of slavery as part of their presentations.

. Eichstedt and stephen small investigated this question in Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana by touring more than one hundred plantation museums; twenty locations organized and run by African Americans; and eighty general history sites. But the predominant framework of the “white-centric exhibition narrative” persists, cultural studies, museums, and the authors draw from contemporary literature on racialization, and collective memory to make a case for public debate and intervention.

How is slavery presented at the public and private plantation museums in the American South, almost 150 years after the Civil War? Jennifer L. Through systematic analysis of richly textured data, the authors of Representations of Slavery have developed a typology of primary representational/discursive strategies used to discuss slavery and the enslaved.

Their findings indicate that the experience and legacy of slavery is still inadequately presented within the larger discourse surrounding race, racism, and national identity. The vast majority of slavery sites construct narratives of history that valorize a white elite of the pre-emancipation South and trivialize the experience of slavery for both enslaved people and their enslavers.


Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, 20th Anniversary Edition

Carby   a modern classic about power and the making of history, with a new foreword by a prominent scholar  Placing the West’s failure to acknowledge the most successful slave revolt in history alongside denials of the Holocaust and the debates over the Alamo and Christopher Columbus, Michel-Rolph Trouillot offers a stunning meditation on how power operates in the making and recording of history.

Beacon Press MA. Carby, what is remembered and what is forgotten, of what is omitted and what is recorded, Silencing the Past is an indispensable analysis of the silences in our historical narratives, and what these silences reveal about inequalities of power. Presented here with a new foreword by renowned scholar Hazel V.

Foreword by Hazel V.

Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory

Nash, university of California, Los AngelesDwight T. Memory. Used book in Good Condition. Bringing together some of the nation's most respected historians, including Ira Berlin, David W. 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. America's slave past is being analyzed as never before, yet it remains one of the most contentious issues in U.

S. 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 MarylandDavid W. In recent years, the culture wars over the way that slavery is remembered and taught have reached a new crescendo.

Pitcaithley, washington, New Mexico State UniversityMarie Tyler-McGraw, D. C. John michael vlach, George Washington University Beacon Press MA.

From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement Public History in Historical Perspective

Used book in Good Condition. University of Massachusetts Press. Beacon Press MA. Andrea A. This often controversial process has culminated in the creation of a National Museum of African American History and Culture, now scheduled to open in the nation's capital in 2015. Today well over two hundred museums focusing on African American history and culture can be found throughout the United States and Canada.

Through the recovery and interpretation of artifacts, documents, and stories drawn from African American experience, they encouraged the embrace of a distinctly black identity and promoted new methods of interaction between the museum and the local community. Burns shows how the founders of these institutions, many of whom had ties to the Black Power movement, sought to provide African Americans with a meaningful alternative to the misrepresentation or utter neglect of black history found in standard textbooks and most public history sites.

Over time, the black museum movement induced mainstream institutions to integrate African American history and culture into their own exhibits and educational programs. 1967; and the african American Museum of Philadelphia 1976. Many of these institutions trace their roots to the 1960s and 1970s, when the struggle for racial equality inspired a movement within the black community to make the history and culture of African America more "public.

This book tells the story of four of these groundbreaking museums: the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago founded in 1961; the International Afro-American Museum in Detroit 1965; the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum in Washington, D. C.

Inside the Lost Museum: Curating, Past and Present

Beacon Press MA. Collecting captures the past in a way useful to the present and the future. Harvard. The jenks museum’s past, steven lubar, and their students to reimagine it as art and history, and a recent effort by artist Mark Dion, serve as a framework for exploring the long record of museums’ usefulness and service.

Museum lovers know that energy and mystery run through every collection and exhibition. Inside the lost museum documents the work museums do and suggests ways these institutions can enrich the educational and aesthetic experience of their visitors. Woven throughout inside the lost museum is the story of the Jenks Museum at Brown University, a nineteenth-century display of natural history, anthropology, and curiosities that disappeared a century ago.

Exhibits play to our senses and orchestrate our impressions, balancing presentation and preservation, information and emotion. Curators consider visitors’ interactions with objects and with one another, how our bodies move through displays, how our eyes grasp objects, how we learn and how we feel. Lubar explains work behind the scenes―collecting, displaying, preserving, and using art and artifacts in teaching, research, and community-building―through historical and contemporary examples.

University of Massachusetts Press. Used book in Good Condition. Curators make many decisions when they build collections or design exhibitions, plotting a passage of discovery that also tells an essential story.

Upon the Ruins of Liberty: Slavery, the President's House at Independence National Historical Park, and Public Memory

Upon the ruins of liberty chronicles the politically-charged efforts to create a fitting tribute to the place where George Washington and later, John Adams shaped the presidency while denying freedom to the nine enslaved Africans in his household. The 2002 revelation that george washington kept slaves in his executive mansion at Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park in the 1790s prompted an eight-year controversy about the role of slavery in America's commemorative landscape.

Aden constructs this engrossing tale by drawing on archival material and interviews with principal figures in the controversy-including historian Ed Lawler, site activist Michael Coard, and site designer Emanuel Kelly. University of Massachusetts Press. Beacon Press MA. Harvard. From design to execution, the plans prompted advocates to embrace stories informed by race, and address difficulties that included how to handle the results of the site excavation.

. When the president's house installation opened in 2010, it became the first federal property to feature a slave memorial. Used book in Good Condition. As such, this landmark project raised concerns and provided lessons about the role of public memory and how places are made to shape the nation's identity.

In upon the ruins of liberty, roger aden offers a compelling account that explores the development of this important historic site and how history, space, and public memory intersected with contemporary racial politics.

The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret": George Washington, Slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon

In "the only unavoidable subject of Regret, " Mary Thompson offers the first comprehensive account of those who served in bondage at Mount Vernon. Culling from letters to financial ledgers, travel diaries kept by visitors and reminiscences of family members as well as of former slaves and neighbors, housing, private enterprise, Thompson explores various facets of everyday life on the plantation ranging from work to domestic life, foodways, and resistance.

George washington’s life has been scrutinized by historians over the past three centuries, who left few written records but made up 90 percent of the estate’s population, but the day-to-day lives of Mount Vernon’s enslaved workers, have been largely left out of the story. Harvard. The book closes with washington’s attempts to reconcile being a slave owner with the changes in his thinking on slavery and race, ending in his decision to grant his slaves freedom in his will.

Along the way, she considers the relationship between Washington’s military career and his style of plantation management and relates the many ways slaves rebelled against their condition. Drawing on years of research in a wide range of sources, Thompson brings to life the lives of Washington’s slaves while illuminating the radical change in his views on slavery and race wrought by the American Revolution.

Thompson begins with an examination of George and Martha Washington as slave owners. Beacon Press MA. Used book in Good Condition.

Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum

Beacon Press MA. Columbia University Press. This lively, honest, behind-the-scenes account details the emotionally complex fifteen-year struggle surrounding the museum's birth. Used book in Good Condition. Since its first year in 1993, sometimes at the rate of 10, the united States Holocaust Memorial Museum has attracted more than 15 millino visitors, 000 a day, each of whom has walked away with an indelible impression of awe in the face of the unimaginable.

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"History Is Bunk": Assembling the Past at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village Public History in Historical Perspective

Used book in Good Condition. Jessie swigger analyzes the dialogue between museum administrators and their audiences by considering the many contexts that have shaped Greenfield Village. Craft and artisan shops, a Cotswold cottage from England, and two brick slave cabins also populated the village landscape.

It was written history's focus on politicians and military heroes that was bunk, he explained. Beacon Press MA. But not all of the structures were associated with famous men. Columbia University Press. The result is a book that simultaneously provides the most complete extant history of the site and an intimate look at how the past is assembled and constructed at history museums.

After ford's death in 1947, administrators altered the village in response to shifts in the museum profession at large, demographic changes in the Detroit metropolitan area, and the demands of their customers. Harvard. Greenfield village would correct this error by celebrating farmers and inventors. The village eventually included a replica of thomas Edison's Menlo Park, laboratory, the Wright brothers' cycle shop and home from Dayton, New Jersey, Ohio, and Ford's own Michigan birthplace.

Ford mixed replicas, preserved buildings, and whole-cloth constructions that together celebrated his personal worldview. Greenfield Village was immediately popular.

Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture

This book offers his personal account of the process of repatriation, and ultimately returned to their sources: a sculpture that is a living god, a ceremonial blanket, collected, following the trail of four objects as they were created, the scalp of a massacre victim, and a skeleton from a tribe considered by some to be extinct.

Five decades ago, native american leaders launched a crusade to force museums to return their sacred objects and allow them to rebury their kin. Things, like people, have biographies. University of Massachusetts Press. Who owns the past and the objects that physically connect us to history? and who has the right to decide this ownership, in the case of skeletal remains, human? Is it the museums that care for the objects or the communities whose ancestors made them? These questions are at the heart of Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits, particularly when the objects are sacred or, an unflinching insider account by a leading curator who has spent years learning how to balance these controversial considerations.

. Harvard. Used book in Good Condition. Beacon Press MA. Columbia University Press. As senior curator of anthropology at the denver museum of nature & Science, Chip Colwell has navigated firsthand the questions of how to weigh the religious freedom of Native Americans against the academic freedom of scientists and whether the emptying of museum shelves elevates human rights or destroys a common heritage.

Race in North America: Origin and Evolution of a Worldview

University Of Chicago Press. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. This sweeping work traces the idea of race for more than three centuries to show that 'race' is not a product of science but a cultural invention that has been used variously and opportunistically since the eighteenth century.

. Updated throughout, the fourth edition of this renowned text includes a compelling new chapter on the health impacts of the racial worldview, as well as a thoroughly rewritten chapter that explores the election of Barack Obama and its implications for the meaning of race in America and the future of our racial ideology.

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