The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory by W. Fitzhugh Brundage - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Since the Civil War whites and blacks have struggled over the meanings and uses of the Southern past. Indeed, today's...

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Exact title of the book
The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory
Book author
W. Fitzhugh Brundage
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
418 pages
Language
English
Published
September 1st 2005 by Belknap Press
File size (in PDF)
1672 kB
The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory

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Since the Civil War whites and blacks have struggled over the meanings and uses of the Southern past. Indeed, today's controversies over flying the Confederate flag, renaming schools and streets, and commemorating the Civil War and the civil rights movement are only the latest examples of this ongoing divisive contest over issues of regional identity and heritage. The Southern Past argues that these battles are ultimately about who has the power to determine what we remember of the past, and whether that remembrance will honour all Southerners or only select groups.

For more than a century after the Civil War, elite white Southerners systematically refined a version of the past that sanctioned their racial privilege and power. In the process, they filled public spaces with museums and monuments that made their version of the past sacrosanct. Yet, even as segregation and racial discrimination worsened, blacks contested the white version of Southern history and demanded inclusion.