The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory by Renee RomanoThe Civil Rights Movement in American Memory by Renee Romano

The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory

EditorRenee Romano, Leigh Raiford

Paperback | May 1, 2006

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The movement for civil rights in America peaked in the 1950s and 1960s; however, a closely related struggle, this time over the movement's legacy, has been heatedly engaged over the past two decades. How the civil rights movement is currently being remembered in American politics and culture-and why it matters-is the common theme of the thirteen essays in this unprecedented collection.

Memories of the movement are being created and maintained-in ways and for purposes we sometimes only vaguely perceive-through memorials, art exhibits, community celebrations, and even street names. At least fifteen civil rights movement museums have opened since 1990; Mississippi Burning, Four Little Girls, and The Long Walk Home only begin to suggest the range of film and television dramatizations of pivotal events; corporations increasingly employ movement images to sell fast food, telephones, and more; and groups from Christian conservatives to gay rights activists have claimed the civil rights mantle.

Contests over the movement's meaning are a crucial part of the continuing fight against racism and inequality. These writings look at how civil rights memories become established as fact through museum exhibits, street naming, and courtroom decisions; how our visual culture transmits the memory of the movement; how certain aspects of the movement have come to be ignored in its "official" narrative; and how other political struggles have appropriated the memory of the movement. Here is a book for anyone interested in how we collectively recall, claim, understand, and represent the past.

RENEE C. ROMANO is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Wesleyan University and the author of Race Mixing. LEIGH RAIFORD is an assistant professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley. GLENN T. ESKEW is a professor of history at Georgia State University. He is the author of ...
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Title:The Civil Rights Movement in American MemoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:May 1, 2006Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820328146

ISBN - 13:9780820328140

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Will inspire its readers to rethink the complexities of this important chapter of U.S. history and of how the story of the Civil Rights Movement is being told and retold as the actual events move further into the past.

- Southern Cultures