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Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory Paperback – February 1, 2008

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The Hortons, history professors and authors of several books on slavery, offer a fascinating collection of essays on the difficulties historians have faced in examining, recording, and reconciling American slavery in the context of a nation founded on principles of liberty and individual rights. Contributors examine the moral paradox of slaveholding Founding Fathers and more recent controversies concerning issues from reparations to DNA testing to confirm Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Other historians analyze how the South and the National Park Service address slavery in public museums and historical sites that retell the history of the Civil War. Among the contributors are David W. Blight, Gary B. Nash, and Ira Berlin, who refers to slavery as "ground zero of race relations" and examines the need to justify slavery in a free nation, forming the basis for unequal race relations to this day. An enlightening look at how slavery is documented and presented in the nation's collective memory. Vanessa Bush
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A chastening reminder that many are still missing the point [of black history in America], and even that the point may be more elusive than we thought. . . . Scattered throughout the book are many fascinating stories.--Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807859168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807859162
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cavanaugh on October 16, 2009
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Excellent read for local historians and civic groups venturing into making local history more inclusive and meaningful. James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton have assembled a collection of essays that are timely in attempting to present public history. The essays reveal the difficulty and controversy surrounding topics involving the Civil War, slavery and race.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 28, 2009
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Slavery was a great blemish on the history of the land of the free. "Slavery and Public History: The Tough Stuff of American Memory" discusses slavery, how the topic is handled by American educators and historians to this day, and how the slavery's legacy should be managed. Many expert historians lend their own opinions to the matter, leading to a highly intriguing and entertaining read for American history enthusiasts. "Slavery and Public History" is a highly recommended pick for history readers everywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Johnson on June 8, 2014
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This is history that is difficult to interpret but I believe we have a responsibility to do just that. History cannot be just the great heroes and the nice stuff. Dr. Horton is a scholar and a teacher who helps bring to light the truth and history should always be about the truth. Whether people like it or not we must do our best to tell the real story.
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Just started this book, looks like a great resource so far. A collection of informed perspectives on contemporary issues relevant to public history and heritage studies.
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