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Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern Identity

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780817319212
Author(s): Patricia G. Davis
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University Alabama Press
Dimensions: 152 x 0 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 232
Series: Rhetoric Culture and Social Critique Series

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In Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern Identity, Patricia Davis identifies the Civil War as the central narrative around which official depictions of southern culture have been defined. Because that narrative largely excluded African American points of view, the resulting southern identity was monolithically white. Davis traces how the increasing participation of black public voices in the realms of Civil War memory-battlefields, museums, online communities-has dispelled the mirage of 'southernness' as a stolid cairn of white culture and has begun to create a more fluid sense of southernness that welcomes contributions by all of the region's peoples. Laying Claim offers insightful and penetrating examinations of African American participation in Civil War reenactments; the role of black history museums in enriching representations of the Civil War era with more varied interpretations; and the internet as a forum within which participants exchange and create historical narratives that offer alternatives to unquestioned and dominant public memories.
From this evolving cultural landscape, Davis demonstrates how simplistic caricatures of African American experiences are giving way to more authentic, expansive, and inclusive interpretations of southernness. As a case-study and example of change, Davis ci
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