The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory

TitleThe Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBrundage, W. Fitzhugh
Number of Pages432
PublisherBelknap Press of Harvard University Press
CityCambridge, MA ; London
Abstract

"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 honor all Southerners or only select groups." "W. Fitzhugh Brundage's exploration of how those who have the political power to represent the past simultaneously shape the present and determine the future is a valuable lesson as we confront our national past to meet the challenge of current realities."--Jacket.

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