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Racial Innocence Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights

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ISBN-10: 0814787088

ISBN-13: 9780814787083

Edition: 2011

Authors: Robin Bernstein

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Beginning in the mid nineteenth century in America, childhood became synonymous with innocence--a reversal of the previously-dominant Calvinist belief that children were depraved, sinful creatures. As the idea of childhood innocence took hold, it became racialized: popular culture constructed white children as innocent and vulnerable while excluding black youth from these qualities. Actors, writers, and visual artists then began pairing white children with African American adults and children, thus transferring the quality of innocence to a variety of racial-political projects--a dynamic that Robin Bernstein calls “racial innocence.” This phenomenon informed racial formation from the mid…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 318
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Playing Innocent: Childhood, Race, Performance
Tender Angels, Insensate Pickaninnies: The Divergent Paths of Racial Innocence
Scriptive Things
Everyone Is Impressed: Slavery as a Tender Embrace from Uncle Tom's to Uncle Remus's Cabin
The Black-and-Whiteness of Raggedy Ann
The Scripts of Black Dolls
Notes
Index
About the Author
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