By Kathleen Ann Clark
The old reminiscence of the Civil struggle and Reconstruction has earned expanding awareness from students. only in the near past, although, have historians started to discover African American efforts to interpret these occasions. With Defining Moments, Kathleen Clark shines new gentle on African American commemorative traditions within the South, the place occasions corresponding to Emancipation Day and Fourth of July ceremonies served as possibilities for African american citizens to say their very own understandings of slavery, the Civil warfare, and Emancipation--efforts that have been very important to the struggles to outline, assert, and safeguard African American freedom and citizenship.
Focusing on city celebrations that drew crowds from surrounding rural parts, Clark unearths that commemorations served as severe boards for African american citizens to outline themselves jointly. As they struggled to say their freedom and citizenship, African american citizens wrestled with concerns comparable to the content material and which means of black historical past, class-inflected rules of respectability and growth, and gendered notions of citizenship. Clark's exam of the folk and occasions that formed advanced struggles over public self-representation in African American groups brings new knowing of southern black political tradition within the a long time following Emancipation and gives a extra whole photo of historic reminiscence within the South.
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