Slavery and Public History The Tough Stuff of American Memory

ISBN-10: 0807859168

ISBN-13: 9780807859162

Edition: 2009

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Description: 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 Marylan 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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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

James Oliver Horton, the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University, directs the African American Communities Project at the Smithsonian Institution. He is a regular panelist on The History Channel's The History Center.

Lois E. Horton is a professor of sociology and American studies at George Mason University.

Introduction
Coming to Terms with Slavery in Twenty-First-Century America
If You Don't Tell It Like It Was, It Can Never Be as It Ought to Be
Slavery in American History: An Uncomfortable National Dialogue
The Last Great Taboo Subject: Exhibiting Slavery at the Library of Congress
For Whom Will the Liberty Bell Toll? From Controversy to Cooperation
Recovering (from) Slavery: Four Struggles to Tell the Truth
Avoiding History: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and the Uncomfortable Public Conversation on Slavery
Southern Comfort Levels: Race, Heritage Tourism, and the Civil War in Richmond
"A Cosmic Threat": The National Park Service Addresses the Causes of the American Civil War
In Search of a Usable Past: Neo-Confederates and Black Confederates
Epilogue: Reflections
Notes
Contributors
Index
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