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Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940 (Paperback)
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Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America since 1940 (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 01/08/2015
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How do we balance the desire for tales of exceptional accomplishment with the need for painful doses of reality? How hard do we work to remember our past or to forget it? These are some of the questions that Jonathan Scott Holloway addresses in this exploration of race memory from the dawn of the modern civil rights era to the present. Relying on social science, documentary film, dance, popular literature, museums, memoir, and the tourism trade, Holloway explores the stories black Americans have told about their past and why these stories are vital to understanding a modern black identity. In the process, Holloway asks much larger questions about the value of history and facts when memories do violence to both.
Making discoveries about his own past while researching this book, Holloway weaves first-person and family memories into the traditional third-person historian's perspective. The result is a highly readable, rich, and deeply personal narrative that will be familiar to some, shocking to others, and thought-provoking to everyone.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469626413
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The author's trenchant wit simultaneously unsettles and engages the reader. . . . A significant, and personal, contribution to the burgeoning field of memory studies, and black historical memory in particular." --American Historical Review


With a scholarly perspective, [Holloway] engages with his own family lore and makes a fair amount of self-discovery in this exploration of modern black identity.--Stanford Magazine


Expands burgeoning scholarship beginning to apply memory studies to histories of the Jim Crow, civil rights, and post-civil rights. . . . Succeeds in showing how class produces a politics of memory that has shaped blacks' understandings of and confrontations with racial injustice.--Louisiana History


Combines memoir and family history with social science to look at the stories that African-Americans have told about themselves and to their children.--faithandleadership.com


Outstanding.--Oral History Review


An outstanding and beautifully written book that opens up a whole new conversation about the role of memory, knowledge production, and identity formation within African American life.--The Journal of Southern History


A very valuable contribution that has broader significance than a traditional history book. . . . Highly recommended. All levels/libraries.--Choice


[A] riveting account of how we see, study, and learn about racial identity, and how we acquire the memories that shape that identity. . . . An evocative bildungsroman in which we see the social scientist as a young man become the provocative historian.--Publishers Weekly, starred review


[An] artful, moving book.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


Shows how racial alienation continues to stoke a centuries-old longing for home in many African-Americans.--Chronicle of Higher Education


You may find it to be quite eye-opening. For you, Jim Crow Wisdom might spur you to share a few good stories.--Terri Schlichenmeyer


Beautifully written and brimming with insight. . . . The force of Holloway's book is that it reveals the more deeply hidden injuries of race as they include the middle class, the ones rarely seen from the outside.--Florida Historical Quarterly


A book worth careful study. . . . A nuanced account of African American identity and survival during the age of Jim Crow.--North Carolina Historical Review

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