What Can and Can't be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South

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Yale University Press, 2015 - Architecture - 265 pages
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"An original study of monuments to the civil rights movement and African American history that have been erected in the U.S. South over the past three decades, this powerful work explores how commemorative structures have been used to assert the presence of black Americans in contemporary Southern society. The author cogently argues that these public memorials, ranging from the famous to the obscure, have emerged from, and speak directly to, the region's complex racial politics since monument builders have had to contend with widely varied interpretations of the African American past as well as a continuing presence of white supremacist attitudes and monuments."--Book jacket.
 

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Contents

What Can and Cant Be Said
1
1 Dual Heritage
25
2 Accentuate the Positive
66
3 A SternFaced TwentyEightFootTall Black Man
96
4 A Place of Revolution and Reconciliation
134
Beyond Civil Rights
172
6 What Might Be Said
200
Caroline County Virginia Multicultural Monument Inscriptions
213
List of Abbreviations
217
Notes
219
Index
255
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About the author (2015)

Dell Upton is professor of architectural history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has studied the Southern landscape for four decades. His books include Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic and Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia. He lives in Culver City, CA.

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