By Kathleen Ann Clark

The historic reminiscence of the Civil struggle and Reconstruction has earned expanding consciousness from students. only in the near past, in spite of the fact that, have historians began to discover African American efforts to interpret these occasions. With Defining Moments, Kathleen Clark shines new mild on African American commemorative traditions within the South, the place occasions comparable to Emancipation Day and Fourth of July ceremonies served as possibilities for African american citizens to claim their very own understandings of slavery, the Civil battle, and Emancipation--efforts that have been very important to the struggles to outline, assert, and protect African American freedom and citizenship.

Focusing on city celebrations that drew crowds from surrounding rural parts, Clark reveals that commemorations served as severe boards for African americans to outline themselves jointly. As they struggled to claim their freedom and citizenship, African americans wrestled with matters resembling the content material and which means of black background, class-inflected principles of respectability and growth, and gendered notions of citizenship. Clark's exam of the folks and occasions that formed advanced struggles over public self-representation in African American groups brings new figuring out of southern black political tradition within the a long time following Emancipation and gives a extra whole photograph of old reminiscence within the South.

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