By Salamishah Tillet

More than 40 years after the key victories of the civil rights move, African americans have a vexed relation to the civic delusion of the USA because the land of equivalent chance and justice for all. In Sites of Slavery Salamishah Tillet examines how modern African American artists and intellectuals—including Annette Gordon-Reed, Barbara Chase-Riboud, invoice T. Jones, Carrie Mae Weems, and Kara Walker—turn to the topic of slavery so as to comprehend and problem the continued exclusion of African american citizens from the founding narratives of the us. She explains how they reconstruct "sites of slavery"—contested figures, occasions, thoughts, destinations, and studies regarding chattel slavery—such because the allegations of a sexual courting among Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, the characters Uncle Tom and Topsy in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, African American tourism to slave forts in Ghana and Senegal, and the criminal demanding situations posed by way of reparations hobbies. by way of claiming and recasting those websites of slavery, modern artists and intellectuals offer slaves with an interiority and subjectivity denied them in American historical past, sign in the civic estrangement skilled by way of African americans within the post–civil rights period, and envision a extra totally discovered American democracy.

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