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Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory (Hardback)

Owen J. Dwyer, Derek H. Alderman

Edité par Center for American Places,US, United States, 2009
ISBN 10: 1930066716 / ISBN 13: 9781930066717
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Titre : Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of ...

Éditeur : Center for American Places,US, United States

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. This book offers the first critical reading of the monuments, museums, parks, and streets dedicated to the black struggle for civil rights.The creation of memorials dedicated to the civil rights movement is a watershed event in the commemoration of southern and American history, an important reversal in the traditional invisibility of African Americans within the preservation movement. Collective memory, to be sure, is certainly about honoring the past - whether it is Martin Luther King Jr. s birthplace in Atlanta or the memorial to Rosa Parks in Montgomery - but it is also about the ongoing campaign for civil rights and the economic opportunities associated with heritage tourism.Owen Dwyer and Derek Alderman use extensive archival research, personal interviews, and compelling photography to examine memorials as cultural landscapes, interpreting them in the context of the movement s broader history and its current scene. In paying close attention to which stories, people, and places are remembered and which are forgotten, the authors present an unforgettable story.As Dwyer and Alderman illustrate, there are reasons why memorials are not often located at the traditional core of civic space - City Hall, the Courthouse, or along Main Street - and location seriously affects their public impact. As the authors reveal, social and geographic marginalization has accompanied the creation and promotion of civil rights memorials, calling into question the relative progress that society has made in the time since the civil rights movement in America began. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9781930066717

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Synopsis : This book offers the first critical reading of the monuments, museums, parks, and streets dedicated to the black struggle for civil rights.The creation of memorials dedicated to the civil rights movement is a watershed event in the commemoration of southern and American history, an important reversal in the traditional invisibility of African Americans within the preservation movement. Collective memory, to be sure, is certainly about honoring the past - whether it is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace in Atlanta or the memorial to Rosa Parks in Montgomery - but it is also about the ongoing campaign for civil rights and the economic opportunities associated with heritage tourism.Owen Dwyer and Derek Alderman use extensive archival research, personal interviews, and compelling photography to examine memorials as cultural landscapes, interpreting them in the context of the movement's broader history and its current scene. In paying close attention to which stories, people, and places are remembered and which are forgotten, the authors present an unforgettable story.As Dwyer and Alderman illustrate, there are reasons why memorials are not often located at the traditional core of civic space - City Hall, the Courthouse, or along Main Street - and location seriously affects their public impact. As the authors reveal, social and geographic marginalization has accompanied the creation and promotion of civil rights memorials, calling into question the relative progress that society has made in the time since the civil rights movement in America began.

Critique: "This book explores the social, economic, and political factors that shed light on the spatial distribution of the monuments associated with the Civil Rights Movement, as well as their designs and meanings in the landscape. The authors argue that these memorials reflect a major shift in the symbolic landscapes of the U.S. because they successfully challenge the previously dominant 'white' inscription of history. The authors also note that many conflicts of meaning and memory remain unresolved. This is a very strong work that is well-organized and readable."--Kenneth E. Foote, author of "Shadowed Ground: America's Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy"

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