Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940 (Google eBook)

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UNC Press Books, Oct 15, 2013 - Social Science - 288 pages
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How do we balance the desire for tales of exceptional accomplishment with the need for painful doses of reality? How hard do we work to remember our past or to forget it? These are some of the questions that Jonathan Scott Holloway addresses in this exploration of race memory from the dawn of the modern civil rights era to the present. Relying on social science, documentary film, dance, popular literature, museums, memoir, and the tourism trade, Holloway explores the stories black Americans have told about their past and why these stories are vital to understanding a modern black identity. In the process, Holloway asks much larger questions about the value of history and facts when memories do violence to both.
Making discoveries about his own past while researching this book, Holloway weaves first-person and family memories into the traditional third-person historian's perspective. The result is a highly readable, rich, and deeply personal narrative that will be familiar to some, shocking to others, and thought-provoking to everyone.
  

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Contents

The Scars of Memory
1
1 Editing and the Art of Forgetfulness in Social Science
14
2 Memory and Racial Humiliation in Popular Literature
40
3 The Black Body as Archive of Memory
67
4 Black Scholars and Memory in the Age of Black Studies
102
5 The Silences in a Civil Rights Narrative
135
6 Heritage Tourism Museums of Horror and the Commerce of Memory
174
Memory in the Diaspora
214
Notes
231
Bibliography
251
Index
269
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Jonathan Scott Holloway is professor of history, African American studies, and American studies at Yale University.

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