The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory

The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory

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Univ of Georgia Press
How the civil rights movement is currently being remembered in American politics and culture—and why it matters—is the common theme of the thirteen essays in this unprecedented collection. These writings look at how memories become established as fact through museum exhibits, street naming, and courtroom decisions.
<p>The movement for civil rights in America peaked in the 1950s and 1960s; however, a closely related struggle, this time over the movement's legacy, has been heatedly engaged over the past two decades. How the civil rights movement is currently being remembered in American politics and culture&mdash;and why it matters&mdash;is the common theme of the thirteen essays in this unprecedented collection.</p><p>Memories of the movement are being created and maintained&mdash;in ways and for purposes we sometimes only vaguely perceive&mdash;through memorials, art exhibits, community celebrations, and even street names. At least fifteen civil rights movement museums have opened since 1990; <i>Mississippi Burning</i>, <i>Four Little Girls</i>, and <i>The Long Walk Home</i> only begin to suggest the range of film and television dramatizations of pivotal events; corporations increasingly employ movement images to sell fast food, telephones, and more; and groups from Christian conservatives to gay rights activists have claimed the civil rights mantle.</p><p>Contests over the movement's meaning are a crucial part of the continuing fight against racism and inequality. These writings look at how civil rights memories become established as fact through museum exhibits, street naming, and courtroom decisions; how our visual culture transmits the memory of the movement; how certain aspects of the movement have come to be ignored in its &quot;official&quot; narrative; and how other political struggles have appropriated the memory of the movement. Here is a book for anyone interested in how we collectively recall, claim, understand, and represent the past.</p>

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Romano (history and African American studies, Wesleyan U.) and Raiford (African American studies, U. of California at Berkeley) present an anthology exploring the nature and significance of the historical memory of the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. Highlighting how contestations over the construction and representation of historical memory can reveal contrasting social and political agendas for the present and future and different attitudes towards America's past, the 12 papers address the explore such topics a the reputational politics of commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. in Georgia street names, media culture public memory of the civil rights movement, photographic memory of black power in Vibe magazine, remembering race and gender in the Mississippi movement, deaf activism at Gaullaudet University and historical memory of the civil rights movement, and the adoption of civil rights movement rhetoric by the Christian right. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Athens, Ga. : University of Georgia Press, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780820328140
0820328146
9780820325385
0820325384
Branch Call Number: 323.173 CIVIL
Characteristics: xxiv, 382 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Raiford, Leigh
Romano, Renee Christine

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