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Civil Rights Movement in American Memory

Civil Rights Movement in American Memory - 06 edition

Civil Rights Movement in American Memory - 06 edition

ISBN13: 9780820328140

ISBN10: 0820328146

Civil Rights Movement in American Memory by Renee Romano and Leigh  Ed. Raiford - ISBN 9780820328140
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
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Civil Rights Movement in American Memory by Renee Romano and Leigh  Ed. Raiford - ISBN 9780820328140

ISBN13: 9780820328140

ISBN10: 0820328146

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 06

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Summary

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 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. Here is a book for anyone interested in how we collectively recall, claim, understand, and represent the past.